AUSTRALIA – New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke at his first English press conference on Monday, following Chelsea’s victory over Perth Glory in Australia.
Sarri was discussing his team’s performance in the opening pre-season and he also took the time to spoke about three of his players who have constantly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard, Willian and Thibaut Courtois are all targets of Spanish teams and reportedly seeking moves away from the London club.
Sarri spoke to the press about the media reports and he said he will talk to the players face-to-face about their futures.
It is understood Real Madrid are interested in signing Hazard and Courtois, while Manchester United and Barcelona are hoping to sign Willian.
“I like to talk to a person face-to-face,” he said. “I do not like to talk to a person by telephone.
“I do not know, it depends on the club. It is clear that for me, it is a pleasure to have Courtois, to have Willian, to have Hazard.
“But it does not depend on me, so we have to wait, I am confident.”
Meanwhile, Sky Sports News understands on Monday that Chelsea have rejected a third Barcelona bid, believed to be in excess of £55m for Willian.
Sarri is hoping to keep the Brazilian winger and is backing him to stay.
Willian, who fell out of favour under last manager Antonio Conte this past season, has also been attracting interest from English Premier giants Manchester United who are coached be former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.