But He Is Less Hopeful Over Courtois
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Willian will still be at the club beyond next week’s transfer deadline.
Brazil international Willian has yet to return to pre-season training with the Blues. He was expected back in London last weekend but his passport was full and he was told it would take at least three more days before it would be extended. The news led to the inevitable rumours about bids from Real Madrid and Manchester United, but speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Community Shield clash with Manchester City at Wembley, Sarri insists that he is unconcerned about Willian’s absence.
“There is no problem. I spoke yesterday with him about him being late, not his future,” Sarri said.
The Chelsea boss was then asked if he believes Willian will stay.
“Yes I do,” he replied. “I am very confident.”
However, Sarri had no such confidence over keeper Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea are in something of a predicament as the Belgium international has just one more year left on his contract and is refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal. Real Madrid have been linked with a £31million bid.
“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,” Sarri said.
He added: “I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”