Thibaut Courtois 'makes Chelsea ultimatum'

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Chelsea have faced a battle to keep hold of some of their most prized assets during this summer's transfer window and their hopes of keeping goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have been dealt a blow by comments from the player's agent.

The Belgian, who had a strong World Cup in Russian Federation, has been strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

The club are fully aware of his movements and say they gave him prior permission to return late following his World Cup campaign with Brazil this summer, dismissing reports he had gone AWOL.

While Stoke have claimed that there have been no substantial bids for the England stopper, if Chelsea lose Courtois, then there is every chance they will chuck some big money at him.

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The 26-year-old is reportedly despairing over the situation but is not prepared to go on strike to force the move through.

'Chelsea could get a fair fee for him now and sign a replacement.

Should Willian leave the South-West London club they would surely have to dip into the transfer market once again as they do not possess a replacement out-and-out winger.

Courtois has just one year left on his contract, meaning Chelsea must act now if they are to cash in on their wantaway keeper.

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The new boss Maurizio Sarri is asked about his opinion on the transfer rumours involving the Belgian, He said, "At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea".

"But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children - and that is a reasonable thing too".

This comes as a great sigh of relief for Chelsea given the likes of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked away from the club, with Real Madrid credited with a heavy interest.

"Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, I don't know in the future, it depends on the club, and especially on him, I think".

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