Courtois fails to report for Chelsea training

Silvia Morton
August 7, 2018

And although Chelsea would like to retain the services of the 26-year-old and risk losing him for free next summer, keeping an unsettled player could adversely affect the dressing room atmosphere.

Sarri brought Willian on off the bench in a 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield after he returned this week, albeit a few days late, from the World Cup with Brazil.

Courtois is using the same strategy that helped Diego Costa force his way out of England.

Courtois has a year remaining on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid. "I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut", Henrotay had told the Sun.

"Chelsea are quoting Madrid £225m for Hazard", said Keys, adding that "Courtois insists he wants to go as well".

And in the event that Courtois does depart, Gazzetta dello Sport believes Sarri's prime target could be Milan's Reina. He did it at Genk in 2011 to push through his £9mtransfer to Chelsea. Chelsea face Lyon in a similar fixture on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

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Jan Oblak has established himself as one of the most coveted goalkeepers in Europe at Atletico Madrid, while reports in England have linked Chelsea with a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland. Sevilla's Sergio Rico, who has been expected to leave this summer, could be an alternative.

And Willian, who has been with Chelsea since 2013, has now committed his future to the west London club.

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Having starred for Belgium at the World Cup, he even suggested it might be time to "discover something different" when asked about his future.

The Cherries have agreed a fee understood to be £25million with Spanish club Levante for the 23-year-old. As a result, a new contract could be on the table.

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