Maurizio Sarri 'very confident' Willian will remain at Chelsea

Sherman Parsons
August 3, 2018

Willian returned to preseason training with Chelsea late after problems returning from Brazil.

Pedro has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Chelsea until 2020.

Chelsea are in the season curtain-raiser after the FA Cup win in Conte's final match as head coach.

Pedro is happy after signing the new contract with the club and he said, "It is very good for me, I am really happy here in the club, with my teammates, the supporters and the club in general". Chelsea will no doubt have been reluctant to lose a player who still has resale value on a free transfer.

Chelsea are reportedly calling off Thibaut Courtois's expected move to Real Madrid as the club have not found a replacement.

Former manager Antonio Conte was a huge fan of Giroud, opting to use him ahead of Alvaro Morata to the end of last season, but he could be the first player to lose out over the summer's managerial switch. 'At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea.

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Los Blancos only value Courtois at £35million, in line with their wider stance on goalkeepers.

Mourinho left Chelsea for the second time midway through the 2015/16 campaign after winning his third Premier League title the season prior.

The 59-year-old Napoli boss is eager to do well against Pep Guardiola's City, but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions.

And when asked how confident he was about that prediction, Sarri replied: "Very confident".

Chelsea face Manchester City on Sunday afternoon in the Community Shield as Sarri looks to kick off his Blues spell with silverware.

'We have to improve of course.

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