The agent of Chelsea wantaway goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has called on Chelsea to allow the Belgian goalkeeper to join Real Madrid this summer.
Reports from Sky Sports suggest that Chelsea are not willing to negotiate with the Los Blancos until they find a suitable replacement for Courtois.
Courtois had recently revealed that all options are open. The goalie is valued at £32m. However, his agent Christophe Henrotay has asked the Blues to show some compassion.
“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Henrotay said.
“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted his uncertainty of Courtois’ future at Stamford Bridge.
“At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea,” Sarri said, ahead of the club’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
“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.”
“We have seen suggestions that it is about money, and it is true he could get an increase with a move,” he added.
“But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision.
“Throughout this it has important for everyone to be reasonable, and the buying club has come up with a reasonable offer for a player who has one year left on his contract when they know they could sign him without a fee in 12 months.
“Chelsea could get a fair fee for him now and sign a replacement. Or they would still have to sign a replacement next summer, but without getting a fee for Thibaut.
“It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that.
“But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too.”
Meanwhile, Courtois returns for pre-season training with Chelsea on Monday, as the close of the summer transfer window in England draws closer.