Sarri admits Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea

The Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested he could allow Thibaut Courtois depart the club if the first choice goalkeeper asks to leave.

Courtois’s agent, Christophe Henrotay, has said the player wants to move to Real Madrid to be closer to his daughter, who lives in Spain. But Sarri says the Belgian, who returns on Monday from post-World Cup leave, must explain his ambitions in person before Chelsea consider accepting a bid for him.

“I’m not interested in the agent,” Sarri said after Chelsea’s Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

“I want to hear Courtois. If Courtois tomorrow says to me the same [as the agent], then I have to speak with my player, of course. Because I only want players with very high levels of motivation.”

Chelsea would also need a replacement before Thursday’s 5 p.m. transfer deadline, and have been linked with Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

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