Chelsea manager unsure over Thibaut Courtois’ future

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has said that he is unsure over the position of Thibaut Courtois but he remains hopeful that the goalkeeper will stay put at the club for the upcoming campaign. The Belgium international has shown no intention of extending his contract beyond June 2019 and this has seen him continuously associated with a move to Real Madrid.

Despite this, the European champions have yet to make a formal enquiry for the Belgian and Sarri remains optimistic that the shot-stopper will prolong his stay at Stamford Bridge, he said: “I don’t know. At the moment, Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea, and so I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. ‘It depends especially on him I think. But I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”

Aside from Courtois, the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian have also been linked with probable exits from the Blues but Sarri has appeared to hint that the duo won’t be going anywhere. According to previous reports, the 59-year-old only took over the reigns at Stamford Bridge after receiving the assurance that the duo won’t be sold and they appear primed to stay barring a late sequence of events.

Chelsea have recently completed their pre-season tour which has included games against Perth Glory, Inter Milan and Arsenal and their focus is now expected to lie on the Community Shield game against Manchester City on Sunday. The Blues have a minor advantage over the Citizens in terms of playing returning after World Cup duty but the Shield could offer Sarri the opportunity to play a couple of youngsters, who have impressed over the past month.

Blues youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has unquestionably impressed on the left side of the attack in the absence of Eden Hazard and the same could be said about goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who made a string of impressive saves in pre-season. The 18-year-old could get the nod over Willy Caballero for the Community Shield game this weekend.

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