Chelsea star opens up upon Real Madrid links


The Brazilian attacker's future has been a constant source of speculation this summer after he struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte last term.

The 26-year-old has made 154 appearances for Chelsea so far, keeping 58 clean sheets along the way.

"I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut", Henrotay had told the Sun.

The Blues started off their season on a bad note as they fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Community Shield on Sunday without the services of Hazard and Courtois.

Hinting he would be willing to sell Courtois if he confirms he wants to leave, Sarri said: "I have no reaction on the agent".

José Mourinho has urged the Manchester United hierarchy to make a move in the transfer market or be left behind by their Premier League rivals.

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He has also been linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid - who are also reportedly interested in Blues duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

In fact, on Monday afternoon a SPAR supermarket in Tenerife claim they have found the AWOL Courtois in their shop as the new season approaches.

Manchester City's pursuit of Jorginho faltered because Chelsea had a more pressing need for the Italy midfielder. He then went on to enjoy a superb campaign with England at this summer's World Cup.

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

However, the Nigerian global is not sure of pinning down a shirt under Sarri, who favours a different tactical system. "Yes, my desire is to stay at Milan - I don't have any other,".

With his side outrun for much of the contest, the Italian admits there is work to be done before the club's season-opener away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.