Thibaut Courtois nearing Chelsea exit after failing to show up for training on Monday

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Thibaut Courtois failed to show up for Chelsea training at Cobham on Monday morning 


Thibaut Courtois has failed to report for pre-season training in an effort to force through a dream move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea are open to sanctioning Courtois’ exit before Thursday’s deadline but want £45million for the wantaway goalkeeper.

Courtois was pictured on Monday after shopping in a Spar convenience store in Tenerife.

Thibaut Courtois failed to show up for Chelsea training at Cobham on Monday morning 

Thibaut Courtois failed to show up for Chelsea training at Cobham on Monday morning 

Hours later a Spar convenience store in Tenerife tweeted this picture of Courtois shopping

Hours later a Spar convenience store in Tenerife tweeted this picture of Courtois shopping

Hours later a Spar convenience store in Tenerife tweeted this picture of Courtois shopping

The Chelsea goalkeeper posed for a photo with two of the store’s colleague’s.

The store tweeted a photo along with the caption: ‘Today we received the visit of Thibaut Courtois in our #SparMar_Bella. Thank you very much for being so kind and friendly with NOSOTR. #siemprecercadeti.’ 

The Blues also want a deal in place for the Belgian’s replacement before giving the shot-stopper the go ahead to rubber-stamp his move – with Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Sevilla’s Sergio Rico among the names being considered.

However, team-mate Eden Hazard is almost certain to stay at Stamford Bridge after being told he will not be sold before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Sarri was due to speak with the Chelsea goalkeeper on Monday at the club's training ground

Sarri was due to speak with the Chelsea goalkeeper on Monday at the club's training ground

Sarri was due to speak with the Chelsea goalkeeper on Monday at the club’s training ground

Hazard, it is understood, has accepted the decision and will not agitate for a move away before the transfer deadline.

But there is now a urgency to resolve Courtois’ protracted exit after he failed to report back from his summer holidays on time.

It is Courtois’ intention to return to the Spanish capital this summer, a decision senior Chelsea officials have been made aware of.

Given he has just 12 months left on his deal, the London club are eager to find a resolution to Courtois’ future rather than risk losing him for nothing next year.

Chelsea have tried persuading the keeper into signing a new deal worth £200,000-per-week but their efforts have proved unsuccessful. The chances of Courtois having a change of heart are remote.

Eden Hazard is almost certain to stay at Stamford Bridge after being linked with a move away 

Eden Hazard is almost certain to stay at Stamford Bridge after being linked with a move away 

Eden Hazard is almost certain to stay at Stamford Bridge after being linked with a move away 

Manager Maurizio Sarri, despite insisting he wanted Courtois to tell him face-to-face that he wants to leave, is aware of his keeper’s desire to quit the club.

The lines of communication between Chelsea and Real have been open for several weeks, but a fee is yet to be agreed.

Another obstacle towards the deal is Chelsea’s preference to have Courtois’ replacement in situ before formally sanctioning the switch.

Sarri wants a keeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet; Everton’s Jordan Pickford is a target but the likelihood of the Toffees selling England’s No 1 appears slim.

Schmeichel is another on the Chelsea’s radar as is Butland. A switch for Butland would be far more straight forward and would be relatively quick to seal.

With that in mind Chelsea want to exhaust other potential goalkeepers, including Sevilla’s Rico, before making a decision on whether to formalise their interest in the England goalkeeper.

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