Date: 7th June 2018 at 7:00am
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Chelsea are in need of significant recruits to bolster their side in the close-season and could be handed further work to do if they lose the services of some of their key figures

First-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, with his young family still living in the Spanish capital, and the Blues will need a replacement if the Belgium international moves to the serial Champions League winners.

Chelsea have already been linked with a number of players in recent weeks as potential replacements for Courtois, one of which is Barcelona stopper Jasper Cillessen – who could seek an exit from the Nou Camp in search of more regular opportunities.

The Holland international featured in just 11 games for the LaLiga champions last term and has now issued an update on his future, quoted by TalkSport as stating a final decision will be made next month.

“I think that I played well in the matches I had in the Copa del Rey. I need to wait patiently. The only thing I know is that Barcelona won’t sell me.”

“Arsenal and Liverpool aren’t bad clubs but if Barcelona say, ‘We love you,’ then I’ll accept their decision and continue there.”

“I’ll wait until we return on July 16 to see what they’ve decided. I don’t know anything. If the club wants to keep me, I’ll accept that. I signed a five-year deal with them.”