Conte has now made it clear that he wants to put an end to the uncertainty surrounding his first-choice keeper's future, telling reporters: "I can say Courtois is one of the best, maybe the best goalkeeper in the world". "And he is a player very important for Chelsea".
Conte said that contract extension negotiations are a matter for the club, not for him.
The Italian coach labelled the Belgian goalkeeper "the best in the world" and is keen for the club to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
Whether his return to prominence against minnows Qarabag, who played 69 minutes with 10 men, is enough to win over Conte and earn a place in the team for a crucial Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday remains to be seen. Obviously with that (3-4-3) system, they are two of the best wide players I have played with.
The Brazil global has been used sparingly by Antonio Conte this season, but made the most of a rare starting opportunity by scoring twice in the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag. And Conte thinks this is how it should be, as he explained his role in the situation around Courtois' contract. According to the Sun, Juventus are leading the race, but Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keen to sign the Belgium worldwide.
"If a big player decides to not sign a new contract it is hard for a club to try to avoid this issue", Conte explained.
"In this season, Sanchez and Ozil are finishing their contracts with Arsenal". Maybe he is now the best but for sure in the future [he will be].