Chelsea receive good news as superstar extends contract

Chelsea receive good news as superstar extends contract

Of course, that includes key duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who helped Belgium to third-place out in Russian Federation.

Despite the player's desire, it appears as though a £31 million bid from Los Blancos won't be enough to force Chelsea to acquiesce to the sale.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he is "very confident" Willian will be staying at the club.

Other options for a possible Courtois replacement include Stoke's Jack Butland, Kevin Trapp of PSG, and veteran Pepe Reina.

This is not the pre-season the new man in charge can have envisaged, with only Jorginho and Rob Green coming in the other way so far, though a move for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha looks to be gathering pace.

"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea", said Sarri.

Chelsea remain determined to keep Hazard from the clutches of Real Madrid, and every day that passes without a mega-offer or player agitation increases their confidence of achieving their aim.

"I spoke to him yesterday about [being late]", Sarri told a news conference ahead of Sunday's Community Shield game against Manchester City. Batshuayi has welcomed Sarri's confidence and is now ready to commit to Stamford Bridge outfit for the coming season.

City boss Pep Guardiola and Sarri are close friends and only two months ago met with former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi for dinner in Milan.

'We have to improve of course. "And so I hope to see from my team another step".

Cesc Fabregas may miss out due to a minor knee problem.

Asked if he believes Willian will stay, the Italian said: "Yes, I do".

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