Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri this evening provided a brief update on the futures of Blues’ duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, following his first competitive defeat as manager of the capital outfit.
Italian tactician Sarri was appointed as the man to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, following the stellar job done by the 59-year-old in Serie A with Napoli.
However, despite the beginning of the Premier League season being less than a week away, Sarri is, as things stand, still in the dark regarding the personnel he will be able to call on for Chelsea’s first outing of the 2018/19 campaign versus Huddersfield on the 11th of August.
This is due to the major question marks hanging over the futures of the likes of Willian, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
Brazilian attacker Willian was previously heavily heavily courted by La Liga giants Barcelona, with Chelsea said to have knocked back several big-money bids from the Blaugrana for the 29-year-old (though they have since signed Malcom instead).
Both Hazard and Courtois, meanwhile, are long-term targets of Real Madrid, with speculation having ramped up over the last couple of weeks that the latter is on the verge of a move to the Bernabeu, while the former is viewed as one of a number of potential replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘More good news than bad news’
While Willian looks destined to remain at Stamford Bridge for the coming season, the futures of Hazard and, in particular, Courtois remain altogether far more uncertain.
As such, unsurprisingly, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was inevitably questioned on the places of the Belgian duo at the club during his post-match press conference this evening, following the Blues’ 2-0 Community Shield loss to Manchester City.
And, despite his side’s defeat, the Italian tactician was in good spirits, hinting that at least one, if not both Hazard and Courtois look set to stay put this summer:
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