Willian set for Chelsea stay after Sarri talks

Ruben Holloway
August 6, 2018

Willian has reiterated his desire to remain with Chelsea.

Chelsea endured a frustrating afternoon at Wembley, with City cruising by the FA Cup winners to claim the Community Shield.

But Sarri seemed less certain about the future of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who reportedly wants out with just a year left on his contract.

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Hazard has been stalling on signing a new Chelsea contract for the best part of a year now, with the Belgium worldwide rumoured to be keen on a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Asked if he expects the 29-year-old to be part of his midfield this season, Sarri said: "Yes I do".

"I'm not interested in the agent", Sarri said. "Maybe at the moment it's not true, but they have to start to think that they can play against everybody in every stadium, against every team".

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The £58 million acquisition from Napoli has hit all the right notes in pre-season and is expected to play a key role in the Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea this season.

He said: "We are not at the top level now". We never know, but I've always been clear about my wish of staying here. I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness, not about his future.

"It's important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies".

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Bournemouth will be hoping to wrap up the signing of Colombian defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma for a club-record fee. The two managers are close, despite the Jorginho incident - "I will try to explain the situation to him on Sunday", Sarri said - and they clearly share the same ideals about how football should be played. At this moment of the season it is no more important.

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