Sarri ‘very confident’ Willian will stay - but is less sure about Courtois

Chelsea transfer news Willian has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona

GETTY Chelsea transfer news Willian has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona

When asked whether the whole situation was odd, he added, "I think so". So I don't know.

Courtois is eager to return to Madrid, where his family are based, but Chelsea will not allow him to leave until they have found a new stopper.

However, the 29-year-old winger who has been at the centre of speculations about a potential exit all summer long, reported late and this made the manager unhappy. It's a insane competition with a high level so I think every manager has the dream to come so he had the chance to come.

Close friends of the Chelsea No. 1 were reportedly told that the Belgian is desperate to see a move to Real go through, but Chelsea apparently feel the £31 million (R539 million) fee that has been offered is far too low.

Chelsea appointed Sarri last month as the successor to Antonio Conte, who led the Blues to FA Cup glory by beating Mourinho's Manchester United in last season's final.

Neither "agent" has any relationship with Willian, and in a message alongside the picture the Chelsea star pledged to take legal action over the letter, which he says contains a forgery of his signature.

"Yes I do. I'm very confident".

Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois is determined to quit for Real Madrid with just five days of the transfer window remaining. So I don't know the situation in this moment. It was a very positive conversation so I am happy about it. It depends on the club. "I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper", he said.

Los Blancos only value Courtois at £35million, in line with their wider stance on goalkeepers. "It's very important for us to keep the top players".

Sarri admits City are also hindered by players absent on post-World Cup breaks, but the situation contrasts with Chelsea's as he is new to the role.

China urges US to return to reason
Sam Curran leads England’s fightback against India