€17m per year to keep Hazard from Madrid

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The Portuguese manager was said to have wanted to rejoin with his former player as he wished to strengthen United's right-wing.

Courtois is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are expected to cash in after he pushed for a move.

The new English season got off to a familiar start as two Sergio Aguero goals, including his 200th for the club, handed Manchester City a 2-0 win over Chelsea and claim the FA Community Shield for the fifth time at a sun-baked Wembley.

Chelsea's eagerness to halt Real Madrid's efforts to sign Hazard may lead to him being offered the chance to become club Blues captain, yet persuading Courtois and Willian to stay will be a tough task.

The Premier League club are thought to be willing to let him leave, providing they can find a replacement, while Maurizio Sarri said yesterday that he didn't want to keep him at the club if he wasn't fully motivated.

Mourinho's chase for a centre-back has been widely publicised despite the club's failure to sign one as of yet.

David Luiz has urged Courtois and Hazard to stay, while insisting the Blues have enough quality even if the pair leave.

That direction appears to be wavering on and off the pitch, with the shambolic nature of Antonio Conte's sacking as Chelsea manager highlighting the confusion that now invades all aspects of the club. "I can't say much about it now either".

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Moving to The Mirror it is reported that West Ham are hoping Luka Modric can aid them in their pursuit of Danny Drinkwater. Chelsea is going to be left with no choice but to move him at this point. "The people know we have a lot of competitions to play". I would like to know if Courtois would tell me the same thing.

"I want only players with a very high level of motivation".

However, the Nigerian global is not sure of pinning down a shirt under Sarri, who favours a different tactical system.

The 59-year-old Italian's style has been likened to Pep Guardiola's.

But while Manchester City afforded the Catalan time to adjust in his first season in England, there is precious little time for Sarri.

We talked only about 'can I arrive on Monday instead of Sunday?'

"I've had some games that you don't understand, you're playing very well and are taken out, you don't understand, twice I headed out of the game and went straight to the dressing room".

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