Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may have played his last game for Chelsea with his agent pleading with the club to let the Belgium international join Real Madrid before transfer deadline day.
The 26-year-old, whose contract runs out next summer, is a £40m target for the Champions League winners.
Thibault wants to be closer to his two children who live in Spain with his estranged partner and agent Christophe Henrotay has appealed to the Blues to let him go on compassionate grounds.
He is currently on holiday after Belgium’s World Cup heroics and will not feature in Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley, a game that is live on BT Sport 1 [kick-off 3pm].
Henrotay told The Sun: “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.
“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.”
Henrotay has denied that the over-riding factor is money and while Real Madrid are understood to have offered him a higher salary than his current Chelsea deal, he has already turned down a better offer elsewhere.
He added: “We have seen suggestions that it is about money, and it is true he could get an increase with a move. But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision.”
Meanwhile, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s traditional season curtain-raiser that he is unsure about Thibaut’s future.
He explained: “I don’t know in the future, it depends on the club, and especially on him I think, but I hope Courtois will continue to be our goalkeeper.”