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Chelsea's Courtois wants Madrid move for family reasons, says agent

04 August 2018

Courtois' agent Christophe Henrotay pleaded the higher officials at Chelsea to allow the transfer to happen but Chelsea high-ups are firm over there decision. The Belgian, who performed admirably between the sticks for Roberto Martinez's Red Devils during the World Cup, took home the Golden Glove award and has seen his value soar since then. It depends especially on him, I think. Therefore, it's hardly surprising that clubs like Real Madrid have continually had the 26-year-old on their radar.

Sources told ESPN Brasil that the delay was caused by an expired passport, and Chelsea as a club have no immediate concerns about his attitude or commitment in a summer in which Barcelona and Manchester United have both expressed an interest in signing him.

Willian initially joined Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi Makhachkala for £35m, could the offer from Real Madrid have turned his head?

Courtois has just one year left on his contract, meaning Chelsea must act now if they are to cash in on their wantaway keeper.

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The failed Pickford move means Chelsea believe they have exhausted their options in terms of a replacement for Courtois. "Every club wants to keep their top players and we are trying to do it". "It was a very positive conversation and I am very happy about it".

This comes as a great sigh of relief for Chelsea given the likes of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked away from the club, with Real Madrid credited with a heavy interest.

With the English transfer window set to shut next Thursday, time is running out for Chelsea to find a replacement should they decide to sell.

Maurizio Sarri has already conceded that he can do little at the moment to influence the goalkeeper's future.

Chelsea's Courtois wants Madrid move for family reasons, says agent