Sarri wants only "motivated players" as transfer deadline approaches


Speculation has been rife this summer that Courtois is angling for a return to the Spanish capital - where his children live - with Real Madrid heavily linked with a 35-million-euro move for the Belgium global.

Maurizio Sarri has praised Ross Barkley following Chelsea's 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.

"The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona".

The Chelsea head coach has admitted the pair did not speak about Hazard's future, despite ongoing links with Real Madrid. "Willian loves Chelsea. He already showed his quality, so I want him to stay".

The Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has suggested he is open to allowing Thibaut Courtois to depart Stamford Bridge this week if the goalkeeper asks to leave. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane, so we have to work".

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I'm not interested in the agent, I want to hear if Courtois tomorrow will say the same, ' said Sarri.

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. "They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they've had here, the fun they've had here". 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.

Courtois wants to be closer to his family and moving back to Madrid, where he spent three years with Atletico, is indeed the best option.

"The first target is Saturday against Huddersfield, we can't think ahead of that".

"I'm not going to comment on all of that at the moment, it's a delicate matter", Courtois said.