Courtois talks Madrid move, Sarri says he has "good news"

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Reports claimed Chelsea always wanted to keep the winger at Stamford Bridge but the player himself was understood to be keen on a move.

And with time ticking down until the Premier League transfer deadline on Thursday, Courtois has increased the pressure on Chelsea to sell him to Madrid by declining to return to Cobham to begin preparations for the new season.

Courtois was named best goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, where Belgium beat England in the third-place play-off.

Willian looks set to stay at Chelsea despite being heavily linked with Barcelona and Manchester United this summer.

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Chelsea forward Willian has joked that he hopes Maurizio Sarri "is not the same as Antonio Conte", having found it "difficult" to play for the recently-departed manager.

"I have no reaction on the agent, I am not interested in the agent, I want to hear [from] Courtois", Sarri said after the Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

"The only cub who made an offer for me was Barcelona", revealed the player. "I never said that I want to leave the club", Willian told reporters.

The Belgian global goalkeeper has just one year remaining on his deal with Chelsea and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

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Chelsea have slammed the shut the possibility of their superstar Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid this summer.

Manchester City's pursuit of Jorginho faltered because Chelsea had a more pressing need for the Italy midfielder.

Asked whether there would be good news, Sarri replied: "I think more good than bad".

"There is no doubt we have to work hard to improve quickly", states Sarri, who has conducted his press briefings in English so far, despite his limited grasp of the language. I've watched clips of his Napoli team to see the way they played.

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