Tuesday 14 August 2018

Thibaut Courtois misses Chelsea training for second day running – reports

The 26-year-old Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has yet to resolve his future ahead of the new Premier League campaign. (Peter Byrne/PA)
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has yet to resolve his future ahead of the new Premier League campaign. (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Jim van Wijk, Press Association Sport

Thibaut Courtois’ future at Chelsea appears more uncertain after the goalkeeper failed to turn up for training for a second day running, according to reports.

The 26-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, was handed an extended holiday after finishing third at the World Cup with Belgium.

However, Courtois was expected to return to the Blues’ Cobham training base on Monday, but did not attend.

Reports suggested he was also absent on Tuesday, having told new manager Maurizio Sarri he wanted to leave the club before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Should Courtois – signed from Genk in July 2011 before spending a three-season loan spell with Atletico Madrid – not resume training with the Blues, he is likely to face an internal disciplinary meeting and the potential of a fine of up to two weeks wages.

Press Association Sport has contacted Chelsea for comment.

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New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has some issues to resolve ahead of the start of the Premier League season. (Mike Egerton/PA)

The likes of Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Stoke’s Jack Butland are potential replacements should Courtois depart, but all parties are up against the transfer deadline to get any potential deals completed.

Chelsea, meanwhile, could also be set to make another addition to the squad with a loan deal for midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

The Blues, beaten in the FA Community Shield by Manchester City last weekend, complete their pre-season games against Lyon at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea will open the new Premier League campaign at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Press Association

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