Courtois goes AWOL in bid to force Chelsea exit

Courtois goes AWOL in bid to force Chelsea exit

Chelsea and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois failed to report for training on Monday as doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge intensified.

 


It is understood that the 26-year-old was absent from the Blues’ Cobham training base despite being due to make his return from a summer break.

 

Courtois, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, was handed an extended holiday after helping Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup.

 

However, it is believed Courtois failed to show up amid reports he has already told new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri he is keen to leave the club before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

 

Chelsea are reportedly looking at the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Jack Butland of Stoke as potential replacements should Courtois depart.

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