Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea in the coming days, admits Maurizio Sarri


If Courtois says the same, I have to speak with my club of course because I only want players with a very high level of motivation'. "I'm going to learn a lot to see him every weekend", Guardiola stated during his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's traditional curtain-raiser at the Wembley Stadium.

"I arrived here three weeks ago and I've never seen six players, so it's very hard", he told reporters at Wembley.

Chelsea have signed just one player this summer who is likely to be directly involved in the first-team - that's Jorginho.

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Sarri refused to be drawn into commenting on what has been said by Courtois' agent in the past week and insisted that he would have to talk to his goalkeeper himself before a decision is made. "It depends on the club, it depends especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper".

The forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Barcelona, but Sarri said he was not concerned that his delayed arrival had anything to do with engineering a move away.

Chelsea were outplayed for much of the contest and Sarri says his side have a lot of ground to make up on the defending Premier League champions.

"I think it's a long way, we have to work". The Italian said that was one of the reasons his team were soundly beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Community Shield. "It's very important for us to keep the top players".