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Chelsea identify an ideal replacement for Thibaut Courtois - FCNaija

EPL By: Uche Duru | 13/03/2018

Chelsea found an ideal replacement for Thibaut Courtois and it's not in any way a bad choice.

If reports from Talksport (via Sportskeeda) are true, Chelsea have identified AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma as a potential successor to Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian is stalling on a new deal and may head for the exit door this summer. 

Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 from Genk for a reported €9 million. He was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid to fill the void left by David de Gea who had moved to Manchester United.

The Belgian cemented his position there and became one of the most promising goalkeepers in a span of three years. In 154 games for the Madrid club, he won the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Europa League.

He was recalled by Chelsea ahead of the 2014-15 season and has won two domestic league titles since.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was a virtually unheard name till 2015. The youngster shot into fame in when he became the second-youngest goalkeeper to start a match in the history of Italian football at 16 years and 242 days.

He slowly eclipsed Diego Lopez as AC Milan's first choice keeper and has played 112 times for the club and has not turned twenty yet. He is dubbed by many as the heir to the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.