Chelsea furious over Thibaut Courtois transfer comments: Maurizio Sarri made request

CHELSEA are furious with Thibaut Courtois after his version of events of his departure, and Maurizio Sarri was involved.

Chelsea lost the Belgian stopper to Real Madrid in the summer after he went AWOL in a bid to force a move.

The Blues were prepared to see Courtois run down his contract but after he went on strike, Chelsea had no choice.

A deal was struck that included a £35m fee and Mateo Kovacic going the other way on loan for the season.

However, the former Genk ace recently came out and explained the situation from his point of view after a meeting with transfer chief Marina Granovskaia – much to the disdain of the Stamford Bridge outfit.

He said: “In March, Marina [Granovskaia] and I had a meeting in which I indicated that I wanted to leave. Living in London and the schedule of the Premier League made it impossible for me to regularly see my children, who lived in Madrid.”

Courtois explained that he was reassured that a move would happen but after the World Cup, Granovskaia changed her stance.

“What turned out? After the World Cup, a departure was suddenly not that obvious anymore. The possible replacements were too expensive. Sorry, that was not the appointment. Then you have to work hard for a moment.”

But according to the Telegraph, Chelsea are furious with the 26-year-old and heavily refute his claims.

They insist that no such promise was made and instead claim that they assured him a bid would be considered if a replacement could be found.

Furthermore, there was no concrete interest in the keeper until late in the transfer window, at which Chelsea were unsure someone could come in on such short notice.

At this point, the west London cub told him they were prepared to let him run down his contract which led to Courtois going AWOL.

The Telegraph go on to report that Maurizio Sarri made the recommendation that he should be sold as not to disrupt the dressing room.

Kepa Arrizabalaga arrived for a world-record fee of £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao and has been a success so far, keeping 11 clean sheets.

Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 and spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid during his seven years as a Blues player.

The Bree-born player won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup with the club.

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