Thibaut Courtois asks to join Real Madrid, confirms agent

Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia

Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia

Chelsea have not moved away from their stance on Thibaut Courtois despite his agent urging them to accept an offer from Real Madrid.

The Belgian is due to return to Chelsea training over the next few days after helping his country finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper in Russian Federation.

"I would like to clarify that I never signed such letter, the content of which I completely deny", he said.

The 26-year-old is reportedly despairing over the situation but is not prepared to go on strike to force the move through.

However, Barcelona have since signed Bordeaux winger Malcom for a fee that could rise to £37.3m which could spell the end of their interest in Willian.

Newly appointed manager Maurizio Sarri has also indicated his desire to keep his best players at the club to fulfill his plans ahead of the new season.

While Stoke have claimed that there have been no substantial bids for the England stopper, if Chelsea lose Courtois, then there is every chance they will chuck some big money at him.

"But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision".

With very little time to land a suitable replacement, the Belgian global will be compelled to serve the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea prepared to let Courtois leave for free if they fail to convince him to sign a new deal.

'But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children - and that is a reasonable thing too'.

"I am very happy at Chelsea and I am very happy living in London".

"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea", he said.

Chelsea are reluctant to sell goalkeeper Courtois, who is in the final year of his contract, without first securing a replacement, but their top target Alisson was signed for £65 million by Liverpool last month.

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