possible xi smart causal REAL DEAL Speaking to talkSPORT, former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet said this would be the most difficult part in any transfer. “If he leaves, will Chelsea be able to replace him before Thursday? That’s the most difficult part,” he said.“There are clubs who say, ‘until we get a replacement, you don’t go’. So there are plenty of decisions to make for Chelsea. It’s a difficult situation, but I think Sarri with his experience is going to make the best decision for the club and the team.” possible standings 2 Since Thibaut Courtois’ agent pleaded with Chelsea to let the player leave, reports of his imminent departure have escalated.“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Christophe Henrotay said on 4 August.“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”What Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said:“I’m not interested in the agent. I want to hear from Courtois,” he said after the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.“If Courtois tomorrow says to me the same [as the agent], then I have to speak with my player, of course. Because I only want players with very high levels of motivation.” Chelsea latest How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Has Courtois asked to leave?The 26-year-old returned to pre-season training on Monday after his post-World Cup break and, according to ESPN, Courtois has indeed asked the club to leave.However, things have not quite gone as far as that, says Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur. “Thibaut Courtois hasn’t had a personal meeting with Maurizio Sarri so far, despite what some sources might be saying,” he tweeted, though he did say: “That he intends to leave is quite clear.”Chelsea preparing for an exitIf the goalkeeper does leave Chelsea then it means a replacement must be sought before the Premier League transfer window closes. The Blues would be left with just Willy Caballero and Rob Green, but have recently been linked with Milan’s Pepe Reina. The 35-year-old only joined the Serie A side this summer, but is expected to play back-up to Gianluigi Donnarumma and could be available for £5m, according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED shining Sarri only wants players who want to be at Chelsea Courtois looks to be on the verge of a Chelsea exit silverware tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?