Maurizio Sarri provides updates on Chelsea futures of two integral players

  • Maurizio Sarri provides updates on Chelsea futures of two integral players

Maurizio Sarri provides updates on Chelsea futures of two integral players

Courtois' future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, but Sarri hopes the Belgium goalkeeper will stay. It depends on the club.

"I'd like to defend, if it's possible - sometimes it's not possible - in the other half", said the 59-year-old, whose influence upon Chelsea's style was immediately apparent during its pre-season friendlies.

The Community Shield season opener is just around the corner and Chelsea will be keen to take their chance on securing an early trophy under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Wembley clash with last season's runaway Premier League winners will give Sarri a taste of what to expect over the next nine months. "Clearly for me it's very important to win something".

He was an important player for the Blues as they won the Premier League title under Antonio Conte in his first season back at Stamford Bridge.

"We did not talk about this [his future at the club]", Sarri said. Not at the top level now but we have to try to have a good performance and a good result.

"It is very good for me, I am really happy here in the club, with my teammates, the supporters and club in general". Under Sarri's guidance at Napoli, the Brazil-born midfielder had blossomed into one of Europe's most coveted players, and had risen to such heights in Italy that he was even anointed as the heir to the great Andrea Pirlo. It depends especially on him, I think.

Sarri was missing a host of first-team stars like Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, but urged his players to step up their efforts after an easy win for City.

Everton stopper Jordan Pickford was believed to be Chelsea's priority signing but the Toffees are determined to keep hold of the England global.

The 29-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid in the transfer window. "There is no Willian problem".

"I spoke yesterday (Thursday) with him about his lateness, not about his future".