Sunday, 23 September, 2018


Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois tells Maurizio Sarri he wants to leave

Chelsea´s World Cup stars unlikely to face Huddersfield – Sarri Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois tells Maurizio Sarri he wants to leave
Noah Ferguson | 06 August, 2018, 21:28

"The future of Hazard, Willian (below) and the rest of the players defend on the club, not just me", continues Sarri.

The England global has been linked with a host of different Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window.

Courtois is due to return to training tomorrow after enjoying an extended break following his exertions with Belgium at this summer's World Cup.

Madrid have always been interested in the 26-year-old as they aim to find a new No.1 to replace Keylor Navas in their first-choice XI, having admitted defeat in their pursuit of Manchester United's David de Gea.

The new manager has promised to put the fun back into Chelsea's football but on Sunday's evidence he has serious thinking to do first, and he vowed that everyone would work hard to ensure they were ready for the Premier League.

Courtois's never-ending links with Real Madrid have morphed into one of the most intriguing transfer sagas this summer.

"He knows what he wants and he explains it to us", he told chelseafc.com. "Everybody loves them and I hope they can stay".

Courtois's agent, Christophe Henrotay, has said the player wants to move to Real Madrid to be closer to his daughter, who lives in Spain. "Because I only want players with very high levels of motivation".

He insists he never contemplated leaving Chelsea for a second time and is now keen to show he can be a key figure for Sarri's Chelsea.

Whether Courtois had already informed Sarri by telephone that he intends to leave the club or if ESPN's story was slightly premature remains to be seen.

The 59-year-old Italian's style has been likened to Pep Guardiola's.

But while Manchester City gave the Catalan time to adjust in his first season in England, there is precious little time for Sarri.

In response to those comments, Sarri said on Sunday: "I have no reaction on the agent".

English clubs only have until 5pm on Thursday to add to their squads, but could still lose players after that with the deadline in the big European leagues still set at August 31.

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