By Danny Wright
Craig Gordon has verbally agreed to sign a new deal with Celtic which will end Chelsea’s pursuit of the goalkeeper, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that Gordon will pen a bumper new three-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at Celtic Park until the summer of 2020.
It is said that the 34-year-old has agreed the terms of the contract and he will sign it this week.
Antonio Conte was looking to bring a new back-up option for Thibaut Courtois to Stamford Bridge and the Daily Record reported that the London club made two bids for the goalkeeper in January worth £3million and £4million.
Gordon has been at Celtic since 2014 and has made 144 appearances for the club in all competitions and this latest deal will be to reward him for what has been a great season so far.
He has appeared in 40 games this season across all competitions and has kept a great record of 23 clean sheets and has only conceded 27 goals.
The Scotland international, who has 46 caps for his country, has lifted the Scottish League Cup on two occasions and the Scottish Premiership twice for the club. He will likely add a third league title to his list of honours at the end of the season as the Hoops look well on their way to winning the league.
Gordon has also had spells at Hearts and Sunderland before taking a two-year break from the game to deal with a knee injury and have a go at coaching.
However in 2014 Gordon impressed manager Ronny Deila while training at the club to secure himself a contract.
Football Insider Verdict
It would have been strange for Gordon to leave Celtic at this stage of his career unless it was for a lot of money. Chelsea could have offered that but the goalkeeper seems happy to stay at the club that were willing to give him a chance after a turbulent few years which saw his whole career in jeopardy. Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with this deal as he will continue to have the best goalkeeper in the league on his books and it is one less position he has to worry about strengthening when it comes to the summer transfer window.
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