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Courtois misses Chelsea training again according to reports

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Thibaut Courtois' future at Chelsea appears more uncertain after the goalkeeper failed to turn up for training for a second day running, according to reports.

The 26-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, was handed an extended holiday after finishing third at the World Cup with Belgium.

However, Courtois was expected to return to the Blues' Cobham training base on Monday, but did not attend.

Reports suggested he was also absent on Tuesday, having told new manager Maurizio Sarri he wanted to leave the club before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Should Courtois - signed from Genk in July 2011 before spending a three-season loan spell with Atletico Madrid - not resume training with the Blues, he is likely to face an internal disciplinary meeting and the potential of a fine of up to two weeks wages.

Press Association Sport has contacted Chelsea for comment.

The likes of Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Stoke's Jack Butland are potential replacements should Courtois depart, but all parties are up against the transfer deadline to get any potential deals completed.

Chelsea, meanwhile, could also be set to make another addition to the squad with a loan deal for midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.


Courtois fails to report to Chelsea training

Courtois didn't report to training. Credit: PA

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois failed to report for training on Monday as doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge intensified.

Press Association Sport understands the 26-year-old was absent from the Blues' Cobham training base despite being due to make his return from a summer break.

Courtois, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, was handed an extended holiday after helping Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup.

However, it is believed Courtois failed to show up amid reports he has already told new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri he is keen to leave the club before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Chelsea are reportedly looking at the likes of Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak and Jack Butland of Stoke as potential replacements should Courtois depart.

Courtois' Belgian team-mate Eden Hazard is also being linked with a move away but Willian insists he is happy at the club despite revealing Barcelona made an approach for his services.

'I will be at Chelsea next year' says goalkeeper Courtois

Courtois has received criticism for his recent performances against Barcelona. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he will still be at Chelsea next year, even if he does not agree a new contract this summer.

Courtois has received criticism for some of his performances of late - notably when Barcelona's Lionel Messi twice scored between his legs - and believes he is subject to greater scrutiny because of the uncertainty over his future.

The 25-year-old's current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2019, when he could leave for free, so the Blues may seek to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal. Real Madrid and Paris St Germain have been linked with Courtois.

The Belgium goalkeeper told Sporza: "I have one year contract (remaining) and feel good at Chelsea.

"At the end of the season we will sit down together. I live there quietly and know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well.

"If I go to the World Cup with a clear idea, sign or wait another year, my mind will be clear at the World Cup."

Courtois has returned to Chelsea from international duty with Belgium due to a hamstring injury.

Chelsea next play Tottenham on Sunday in a match crucial to their bid to qualify for next season's Champions League.

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