Sarri wants only "motivated players" as transfer deadline approaches

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Courtois has spent very fruitfully four years at Stamford Bridge, clinching Premier League twice.

And it seems Hazard is not going to leave Chelsea this summer as he prepares to return to training with the Blues today.

Stoke City look set to lose England worldwide goalkeeper Jack Butland to Chelsea if if Thibaut Courtois leaves for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Meanwhile Willian said: "I'm a Chelsea player".

Chelsea's eagerness to halt Real Madrid's efforts to sign Hazard may lead to him being offered the chance to become club Blues captain, yet persuading Courtois and Willian to stay will be a tough task. Sources close to the club have said that Sarri has said he will not block Courtois from leaving if he truly wants to.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has reportedly informed new manager Maurizio Sarri that he wants to leave the club, with reigning European champions Real Madrid widely believed to be the Belgian's destination of choice after months of ongoing speculation. The 26-year-old has just a year remaining on his contract with the club and does not appear to be keen at all on staying.

Chelsea will, however, be encouraged by the timely return of Hazard and Kante, the pair having been linked with Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

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It is likely that Sarri got his answer and Courtois has informed his new manager that he wants to leave.

Manchester City's pursuit of Jorginho faltered because Chelsea had a more pressing need for the Italy midfielder.

Richarlison from Watford to Everton.

And the Brazil worldwide has insisted that he is happy to stay at the west London side and battle for a starting spot next season.

All that remains is for confirmation that Lerma has agreed personal terms, passed a medical and obtained a work permit.

The decision to bring the deadline forward so that no new signings can be added after the Premier League season begins, plus the World Cup, means the final days of the window could be frantic.

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