Ross Barkley says Maurizio Sarri needs time at Chelsea to make changes

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Thibaut Courtois did not report to Cobham for Chelsea training on Monday as he attempts to force through a move to Real Madrid, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea before the transfer deadline on Thursday if he is not motivated enough to play for the club.

"With the players we've got and ability that we've got, we just want to keep on working hard together to make the club great and keep doing well", he said.

The Belgian greatly enjoyed his loan stint with Atletico Madrid a few years back and has his family still living in the Spanish capital now.

The 29-year-old has been recently linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United but he has now publicly stated his desire to stay with the Stamford Bridge outfit. Chelsea is going to be left with no choice but to move him at this point.

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The 27-year-old asked new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri for the extra time off following his World Cup exertions with Belgium, who he helped to a third-place finish at the finals in Russian Federation.

"If Courtois says the same, I have to speak with my club because I only want players with a high level of motivation". I never said that I want to leave the club. He is optimistic of a strong campaign, which begins with Saturday's Premier League opener at Huddersfield.

Conte ultimately departed the club and he was replaced by Sarri, leaving Willian pleased to stick it out with the London side.

Real Madrid have been heavily linked with both men and, while Hazard's current deal lasts until 2020, Courtois is out of contract next summer. "They know Chelsea a lot, so they know what they've had here, the fun they've had here. I hope this can be a year of victory for us".

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