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

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The situation has echoes of Diego Costa going on strike to force a move to Atletico Madrid last season, as Courtois waits to find out whether he will be allowed to join Real Madrid.

It comes after a summer of transfer rumours, with Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham and both Milan clubs interested.

It was a heart-breaking blow for the talented goalkeeper, who looked a cert for Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016, with many even tipping him to wrestle the Three Lions starting spot from Joe Hart. "But my head is here in the club", the 29-year-old Brazilian added.

In terms of personnel, he had his favourites in Naples, and their equivalents at Chelsea could be yet to arrive, either because of the delayed return to training following the World Cup, or because there are no such players at the club.

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Defender Cesar Azpilicueta also offered his views to the club's official website, explaining that despite some early misfortune, he "trusts" his team-mates to deliver under the new boss.

The Chelsea head coach has admitted the pair did not speak about Hazard's future, despite ongoing links with Real Madrid.

He has played 154 times for Chelsea, keeping 58 clean sheets and conceding 152 goals.

It would be a significant downgrade for Chelsea, but with only four days left remaining for them to sign players in this window, they will have few other options.

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Although Willian didn't start Sunday's Community Shield match against Manchester City, a 2-0 defeat, he is thought to be in Sarri's plans for his debut season in charge.

"This is a new era, with a new manager and I've had a good conversation with him".

"I believe we can keep them here and keep them happy, but we will only see when we sit down with them".

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.

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