Maurizio Sarri: Willian will remain, Thibaut Courtois’ Chelsea future unclear

Maurizio Sarri claims that he is “very confident” Willian will remain at Chelsea, although he is unsure whether Thibaut Courtois will stay with the club this summer.

The Brazilian forward has been linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid and his late arrival back at Chelsea from the World Cup sparked further talk that he would be leaving, however, Sarri insists there is “no problem with Willian” following “a very postive conversation”.

Meanwhile, Courtois has also been strongly linked with a transfer to the European champions with his contract at Stamford Bridge set to expire in less than 12 months.

No problem with Willian

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 20: Willian of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It is understood that the Blues rejected three bids from Barcelona for Willian with the Catalan Giants offering around £65m with their highest offer.

Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge looked uncertain with both La Liga giants targeting the winger, however, Sarri has blown talk of a move away out of the water with his certainty over the player staying.

Sarri said:

“I spoke yesterday with him about him being late, but not about his future.

“It was a very positive conversation. I am happy about it. There is not a problem with Willian.

When asked if he thought Willian would stay

“Yes. Very confident.”

Courtois’ future unclear

ROME, ITALY – OCTOBER 31: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and David Luiz of Chelsea argue after conceding the 2nd Roma goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between AS Roma and Chelsea FC at Stadio Olimpico on October 31, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Belgian looks set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer with Real Madrid working on a move leaving the Blues to go in search of a replacement.

The former Atletico Madrid player has just one year remaining on his contract placing the reigning European champions in a strong negotiation position, with a deal expected to finalised at around €35m.

Sarri admitted:

“At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea.

“I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club, it depends especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”

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