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There is some big news on the horizon for Chelsea fans as the club’s 21-year old goalkeeping prodigy, Thibaut Courtois, is close to agreeing a new deal with the West Londoners, according to reports from The Daily Mail.

The Belgian international is currently on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid, and is contracted with the Blues until 2016. The proposed new deal will extend his stay with Jose Mourinho’s team till 2018, and one reckons that the Portuguese boss may even sanction an extra year long loan for Courtois to Atletico this summer.

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Chelsea’s stubborn and battle-hardened side under Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho will encounter another big challenge in the Champions League on Tuesday, when the stride out to meet an equally defiant Atletico Madrid side, who have beaten the odds in La Liga and the Champions League to emerge as contenders for both crowns this season.

Diego Simeone’s men will play the first leg at home in the Vicente Calderon, where they have been extremely dominant this season. Chelsea’s side come to the Madrid on the back of ending their proud 77 game unbeaten league record at home under Mourinho, and it will be interesting to see whether they will still be licking their wounds from Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Sunderland.

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With merely days left before their pivotal Champions League semi-final first leg clash, Chelsea and Atletico are locked in a three way predicament in the transfer market as well. According to reports in the Daily Star, the two clubs are currently trying to hash out an agreement involving the three players; Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku.

It is no breaking news that Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a world class striker at Stamford Bridge to head his otherwise world class outfit. The Portuguese has his heart set on Costa, who has been in imperious form for the red half of Madrid and could very well lead them to an unprecedented and hitherto unthinkable La Liga title this campaign. Atletico have slapped a £32 million buy-out clause on the Brazil born striker, but are willing to negotiate only so long as the west Londoners consent to exchange Lukaku with Costa as  well as extend the loan spell of Courtois for another year.

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Turkish sensation Hakan Calhanoglu could soon become the unheralded star of the next transfer window, following reports in the Daily Express that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are lining up bids to bring home the playmaker, dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil.’

Calhanoglu currently represents Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga and has impressed this season with 10 goals in 28 league games. His top drawer displays has caught the eye of national selectors earning him the coveted international debut this campaign.

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Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid punched their tickets to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with contrasting victories on Wednesday night against Manchester United and Barcelona respectively. Both ties were tantalizingly poised at 1-1 heading into the home legs for the two teams which eventually emerged victorious.

Bayern dominated the first half of their game against United, keeping 70% of the ball and having 13 shots on goal to Man United's 1, but shockingly failed to hit the target even once. United took the lead against the run of play in the 59th minute through Patrice Evra, but the joy on the faces of the travelling Manchester United supporters lasted barely 60 seconds as Mario Mandzukic levelled the tie, stooping to meet Franck Ribery's cross.

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Chelsea’s 21-year old goalkeeping starlet Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid, has agreed to extend his contract with the Blues until 2019, reports the Daily Mail. The former Genk man, who joined Chelsea for 9 million Euros in 2011, has not yet represented the Blues, and has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for nearly 3 years now. Although previous reports suggested that the Belgian No.1 was growing increasingly frustrated at being on kept out on loan, fresh rumours suggest that he has agreed to stay on for another season in La Liga as Chelsea line him up as a successor to Petr Cech.

Cech, 31, is still doing a top job for Jose Mourinho’s team in the Premier League, and the Portuguese manager wants him between the sticks for at least another season. Courtois has only 2 years left on his current deal with the Blues though and a proposed extension would see him remain on Chelsea’s roster for longer.

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The UEFA Champions League quarter-final first legs kicked off on Tuesday night at Old Trafford and the Camp Nou and both ties have been left tantalizingly poised, if anything marginally in favour of the away teams with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid both walking away with an away goal to their credit against Manchester United and Barcelona, respectively. Both ties were tense affairs and had their casualties at the end of it, but the scoreboard at both venues in the end read a very competitive 1-1.

Manchester United were completely outplayed by Bayern Munich in the first half, but it was the home side who had the better chances with Danny Welbeck perhaps a tad unlucky for his goal to be ruled out, before the big right hand of Manuel Neuer came to Bayern's rescue later in the half. United took the lead against the run of play in the second half with the Red Devils' skipper Nemanja Vidic, playing a European tie at Old Trafford perhaps for the last time, shockingly finding himself unmarked in the box and making the most of the opportunity by planting a difficult header into the bottom corner.

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