Courtois talks Madrid move, Sarri says he has "good news"

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But Pedro agreed a one-year extension on Friday that will ensure he is committed to Chelsea through to the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

"It's important for me to continue with Chelsea".

He would have provided competition for Fernandinho at the base of City's midfield, but Sarri feels the quality Guardiola possesses throughout his squad meant Chelsea's need was greater.

One major concern remains, however, and that is the future of Eden Hazard, who is still strongly being linked with a move away from the club, and a transfer to La Liga giants Barcelona or Real Madrid. Very usable for me.

"If in every position you have very good players it's hard for the coach".

Chelsea are slated to take on Manchester City in the final of 2018 FA Community Shield on August 5.

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When asked in Friday's news conference ahead of the Community Shield if he thinks Willian will remain, Sarri said: "Yes, I do". I played against City last season, played them in their best moment of the season. It's a insane competition with a high level so I think every manager has the dream to come so he had the chance to come. The two managers are close, despite the Jorginho incident - "I will try to explain the situation to him on Sunday", Sarri said - and they clearly share the same ideals about how football should be played.

"I spoke yesterday (Thursday) with him about his lateness, not about his future".

"I'm not interested in the agent", Sarri said. For example, two years ago when we switched to three at the back then from the first day we were very good.

Reports even suggested Chelsea were open to selling him given he turns 30 next week, his late return from a post-World Cup holiday doing little to ease the tension.

"I want to win, because it's very important to have immediately a trophy".

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