Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not report for training with the Premier League club on Monday with reports claiming a link with his possible move to Real Madrid.
Courtois has not returned to training since finishing third at the World Cup this summer. The Belgian #1 was named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia, as Belgium managed to hold off England’s momentum as well as tournament favourites Brazil.
The 26-year-old Belgian goalkeeper has been with the West London club since 2011, when he signed from his Belgian club Genk and was loaned to Atletico Madrid.
Despite also being linked with an infamous club that is Real Madrid, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard did attend training with the Blues on Monday.
Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri expressed his concern on Friday stating he was unsure whether Courtois would stay at the Stamford Bridge.
“At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea.
“I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club, it depends especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”
Courtois has appeared 154 times for Chelsea, with 58 clean sheets and conceded 152 goals.
Chelsea were then beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield with Argentine Willy Caballero in goal.
Afterward, Sarri said: “I want to hear from Courtois tomorrow (Monday). I want only players with a very high level of motivation.”
Chelsea finished fifth in the league last season as they failed to qualify for the Champions League but did beat Manchester United to win the FA Cup.
Following the win over United, Courtois urged the Blues board to invest in the squad.
“We’ll see after the World Cup whether I am a Chelsea player for next year,” he said at the time.
“You see how Manchester City and Manchester United are spending and working.
“If we want to aim for the top, we should do the same – obviously within the limits of what’s possible.”