Sarri Concerned Over Willian Absence

Maurizio Sarri sends message to Michy Batshuayi over Chelsea future

Michy Batshuayi has been told to stay at Chelsea by Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea midfielder Willian has told his lawyers to take action over a forged letter that circulated on the "football market" claiming he had given authority to another agent to represent him.

The Blues were edged 6-5 by Arsenal in a penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, but that didn't sap their morale.

And his display also prompted the Telegraph to write: "Callum Hudson-Odoi capped what has already been an outstanding pre-season with a wonderful individual display that has helped convince Sarri that he should stay with the senior squad rather than go on loan next season."

Maurizio Sarri has been labelled as "one-dimensional" by Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who revealed that the new Chelsea manager signed a contract forbidding him from taking any more of the Serie A club's players.

Batshuayi is expected to hold talks with Sarri before making any decision on his future, and would not be short of suitors after impressing for Borussia Dortmund last season.

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The under-17 World Cup victor, who played the full 90 minutes in England's 5-2 win over Spain in the final, also endeared himself to Blues supporters after the game with a great gesture. "Every club wants to keep their top players and we are trying to do it". There is less bullishness about Thibaut Courtois, who has shown little interest in extending the contract that expires next summer, but all parties know a high-quality replacement goalkeeper must be secured before he is allowed to leave. In the last six years he has matured more than in the first 30. Antonio Conte was exasperated and eventually worn down by the feeling of strategic powerlessness; how his successor deals with it could be the difference between success and failure at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian striker had a hard start to life as a Chelsea player despite having an impressive repuation when he arrived from Marseille.

The former Chelsea boss has bemoaned the lack of transfers arriving through the doors at Old Trafford this summer.

"The starting XI today is very near to the starting XI in the Community Shield".

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