London: Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
The 22-year-old, who joined the west Londoners from Belgian side KRC Genk in 2011, has replaced Petr Cech as Chelsea`s first-choice goalkeeper this season after spending the previous three years on loan at Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
"I`m very happy with this new deal. It`s really nice to have signed this new contract for five years," Courtois told the club`s website (www.chelseafc.com).
"My future was already sorted but it`s nice to know I`m going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games."
Courtois, who was part of the Belgian side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil, is expected to start in goal for Chelsea`s clash against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.