August 2018


5 August 2018

Sarri: I Must Speak To Courtois  (Sky Sports)

Thibaut CourtoisChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has dismissed comments made by the agent of Thibaut Courtois pleading for his client to be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.

Christophe Henrotay urged Chelsea to show some compassion and allow Courtois - who is in the final year of his contract - to join Real Madrid so that he can live close to his family, who reside in the Spanish capital.

Real have made an offer for the Belgium international but Chelsea are resisting interest in their No 1 until they find a suitable replacement.

Willy Caballero started Chelsea's 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, and speaking after the game, Sarri said he wants to hear directly from Courtois before a decision is taken on the Belgian's future.

"I am not interested in the agent," Sarri said.

"I want to hear Courtois [and see] if Courtois, tomorrow, will say to me the same.

"I have to speak with my player, of course. I want only players who play with a very high level of motivation."

Courtois is due to report back to Cobham for pre-season training on Monday.

Chelsea host Lyon in an International Champions Cup fixture on Tuesday before starting their Premier League campaign away at Huddersfield on Saturday.

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