The Belgium international failed to report for duty at Cobham on Monday but will not be sold until a replacement is found
Thibaut Courtois has failed to return to training ahead of the Premier League season as he looks to push through a transfer to Madrid.
He was due back at the club’s Cobham training ground on Monday as Maurizio Sarri makes his final preparations for his first campaign in charge.
But Courtois – who was due to hold talks with the new Chelsea boss regarding his future – has now gone missing with less than 72 hours remaining before the English transfer window closes.
Courtois needs to depart before the start of the new campaign. The former Atletico Madrid stopper would still be free to leave Stamford Bridge until the European deadline closes on August 31, but with Chelsea reluctant to sell until they have found a replacement.
Manchester United’s David De Gea was their priority target before failing to land him, Madrid has long been interested in him as they aim to find a new No.1 to replace Keylor Navas in their first-choice XI. They now look to Courtois to fill the gap
Courtois has just one year left on his contract in west London and as such would be available for around £30 million ($38.8m) this summer. Courtois has made no secret of his desire to return to Madrid.