Thibaut Courtois makes final decision on Chelsea future in meeting with Maurizio Sarri

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Sunday's defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield won't have much bearing on Chelsea's season, but problems undoubtedly remain at the club.

Going forward the Blues were poor - they only managed two shots on target - and it showed just how reliant they are on Eden Hazard.

Defensively they were shaky, too, as David Luiz started alongside Antonio Rudiger in the middle with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso out side.

Chelsea fans quickly pointed to their transfer activity as one of the reasons behind the defeat having only signed two players this summer.

Jorginho arrived from Napoli last month in a £52m deal while 38-year-old goalkeeper Rob Green also completed a shock move on a free.

Just three days remain of the transfer window and there's a growing sense that Chelsea are in for a disappointing season if manager Maurizio Sarri doesn't open his chequebook.

However, the most pressing issue lately has been securing the futures of Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who have both been linked with moves to Real Madrid.


Hazard looks set to stay while Courtois' agent recently said he's made it clear to Chelsea that "the best option for him is to move to Madrid".

In response to those comments, Sarri said on Sunday: "I have no reaction on the agent. I'm not interested in the agent. I want to hear Courtois.

"If Courtois tomorrow says the same, I have to speak with my club, of course, because I only want players with a very high level of motivation - but I have nothing to respond to the agent."

Sarri has been planning face-to-face meetings with Hazard and Courtois ever since he took over and now, according to ESPN, the Italian has met with his Belgian goalkeeper.

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And it's bad news. Courtois reportedly told Sarri to his face on Monday that he wants to leave, with Real the preferred destination.

Courtois wants to be closer to his family and moving back to Madrid, where he spent three years with Atletico, is indeed the best option.

What happens next is anyone's guess. Previous reports stated Real had agreed a £31m fee for Courtois and now a move seems inevitable.

It all depends on how Sarri reacted to Courtois' revelation - although one can imagine he didn't take it well.

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