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Willian aware of Barcelona interest but wants to stay at Chelsea

Willian aware of Barcelona interest but wants to stay at Chelsea

The agent for the Belgian, voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russian Federation, has said he wants a move to Madrid to be close to his two children.

According to ESPN, Willian said: "I'm a Chelsea player".

Chelsea had anticipated him joining the England defender Gary Cahill in the stands to watch the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday but the goalkeeper did not appear, offering no explanation, as his teammates lost 2-0.

"The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona. I never said that I want to leave the club", Willian told reporters.

There were preliminary talks between the two clubs but Chelsea stood firm on their part and requested a near world-record fee for his services.

We now move to the backpage of The Daily Star where it is reported that Chelsea are considering Jack Butland as an option to replace Thibaut Courtois, who didn't show up to training as expected on Monday.

Courtois, 26, has a year remaining on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero shoots at goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow. "I only want people here who are committed".

However, with Chelsea's first game at Arsenal only a week away, he admitted he could not say how long it would take for the players to adjust to his methods. "That is behind me now, and I'm feeling strong and ready to go".

"I've always made it very clear that I've always been very happy playing for Chelsea". I've watched clips of his Napoli team to see the way they played.

After a series of events, the spotlight is yet again back on Courtois transfer saga as the player's agent Christophe Henrotay has called on the London club to allow his client to move to Bernabeu, various reports acknowledge.