Chelsea boss only wants 'motivated players' as deadline nears

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Sarri will speak to them before the FA Community Shield on Sunday and the task of closing the gap on runaway champions City and his good friend Pep Guardiola.

Willian has reiterated his desire to remain with Chelsea.

He would have provided competition for Fernandinho at the base of City's midfield, but Sarri feels the quality Guardiola possesses throughout his squad meant Chelsea's need was greater.


"Is it unusual? I think so". "But we have it all to start well in the league".

Sarri refused to be drawn into commenting on what has been said by Courtois' agent in the past week and insisted that he would have to talk to his goalkeeper himself before a decision is made.

Chelsea playmaker Pedro has signed a one-year contract extension to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge until 2020, the Premier League club has said.


Eden Hazard is due to return to training with Chelsea today as speculation persists that the Belgian could be on his way to Real Madrid this summer. I'm looking forward to playing well and winning titles'. It depends on the club. We just want to work hard together as a team and make sure we understand what he wants from us and do the best we can this season.

"I have to win, and then it depends on the club, but I want to stay here for a long time". We have to improve in the other half so the defenders can be less busy'.

Bournemouth will be hoping to wrap up the signing of Colombian defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma for a club-record fee.


"I'd like for my players to have the personality where they are able to think in their mind that we are at the same level". Cesc Fabregas has a knee injury and is a doubt for the Shield.

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