Thibaut Courtois Hard-Balled Chelsea With Training No-Show

The Belgian goalkeeper clearly wants out. Is he off to Real Madrid now?

Thibaut Courtois hard-balled Chelsea on Monday with a preseason training absence. The 26-year-old Belgian goalkeeper has long been speculated to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid, and this stern message to new boss Maurizio Sarri might be the final trick.

Courtois just entered the final 12 months of his Chelsea contract, and with this no-show antic, his transfer might be imminent — to which club though?

Twitter didn’t take long to turn the whole ordeal into a circus of memes.

Chelsea fans, on the other hand, don’t see Courtois leaving as a laughing matter.

Furthering this animosity with the Blues is the now clear message delivered to Chelsea: Courtois wants out.

Without Courtois, Chelsea would dive into a troubling pit. If the goalkeeper’s antics prove fruitful, Eden Hazard might pull the same move to secure an exit as well. Chelsea could also be eyeing Liverpool’s Loris Karius given the Anfield club's purchase of Alisson or Stoke City’s Jack Butland. At that point, Chelsea is swapping a Mercedes for a Prius.

In 2017, Diego Costa pulled similar moves, which ignited a battle with Antonio Conte. He successfully returned to Atletico Madrid though, which may have inspired Courtois’ act.

The Blues face Huddersfield on Saturday, Aug. 11, for their first match of the season. Will we see Courtois in Madrid by the end of the week?

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