Transfer: Chelsea finally sign Real Madrid midfielder

Justin GreeneAug 08, 2018

The 24-year-old has gone public with his desire to leave in search of regular first team football and TeamTalk claim the Croatian worldwide has refused to train or play for Madrid again in a bid to force a move this summer.

The Croatian wants to speak with the club and new coach Julen Lopetegui when the squad returns from their US tour.

"I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I'd have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter".

AS also revealed that Chelsea want Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, to be his replacement and "are willing to pay the €80 million release clause" to Athletic Bilbao for the Spain global.

The Courtois saga also has an impact on Keylor Navas, the club's current first choice goalkeeper and Lopetegui was quick to praise his current No. 1.

Following the departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid, reports have suggested other players are also keen to seek new challenges.

"Keylor is phenomenal", he added.

"Mateo has expressed his desire to leave, I want him to stay, and we will see how everything is".

'I think we need something, but maybe only a player, ' Sarri said. "We've been able to enjoy watching him play and we will continue to enjoy watching him".

Bale has been earmarked by many to succeed Ronaldo as Madrid's talisman, but Lopetegui stressed that he expects all of his squad to step up and fill the void left by the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Real Madrid close out their ICC campaign against Roma on Tuesday before facing local rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15. "Gareth Bale is obviously a great player but it's not for me to make comparisons".

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