Maurizio Sarri is expecting more good news than bad news regarding the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois tomorrow. The new Chelsea manager is set for Monday showdown talks with the Belgian pair, who have both been linked with transfers to Real Madrid this summer.
Having reached the World Cup semi-finals, Hazard and Courtois are only due back at the club this coming week. They will arrive to a disappointing scene after the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.
“I talked to them two days ago,” revealed Maurizio Sarri to BT Sport post-match, “So I know what they will say to me tomorrow. “I’m ready,” he chuckled.
When quizzed as to whether his smile indicated good news, the Chelsea manager responded: “I think more good than bad.” While Eden Hazard’s potential as a Cristiano Ronaldo replacement at the Bernabeu remains unclear, it seems Thibaut Courtois is a very firm target for Los Blancos.
The Blues are in a far stronger position regarding Hazard, as he has two years left on his contract with the club. Courtois, on the other hand, only has one. He is reportedly reluctant to sign an extension.
Reflecting on the defeat, Sarri added: “Our pre-season has been a bit crazy. “We have to improve,” he concluded.