Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Chelsea Force Real Target To Stay After Rejecting £31m Bid

Chelsea Force Real Target To Stay After Rejecting £31m Bid

Willian was on an extended post-World Cup break, and it was reportedly an expired passport that kept him from re-joining the team, a situation that Sarri described as "strange".

Chelsea forward Pedro has signed a one-year contact extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2020.

Chelsea appointed Sarri last month as the successor to Antonio Conte, who led the Blues to FA Cup glory by beating Mourinho's Manchester United in last season's final.

'I am very happy about this, ' said Sarri.

Of course, that includes key duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who helped Belgium to third-place out in Russian Federation.

Sarri wants to talk to Courtois and Eden Hazard, another player with his future in doubt.

Maurizio Sarri might feel his Chelsea reign will not properly get underway until this weekend.

"We are talking about top players".

Los Blancos only value Courtois at £35million, in line with their wider stance on goalkeepers.

Pedro has also impressed for Chelsea during pre-season.

And when asked how confident he was about that prediction, Sarri replied: "Very confident". We started two weeks and a half ago.

Chelsea play Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday (15:00 BST).

Pedro was delighted with extending his stay at Chelsea, saying on the club's official website, "It's important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies".

Cesc Fabregas is doubtful for the game after picking up a knee injury in a friendly against Arsenal on Wednesday.

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