Chelsea receive good news as superstar extends contract


Pedro, 31, joined the Blues from Barcelona in August 2015 for £21m and helped the club win the Premier League in 2016-17 and last season's FA Cup.

Chelsea play Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday (15:00 BST).

Olivier Giroud is set for talks with Chelsea next week upon his arrival back to Cobham Training Centre, with his future still in the balance, Goal understands. "Since becoming a Chelsea player he has regularly demonstrated his quality on the field and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri".

There is less bullishness about Thibaut Courtois, who has shown little interest in extending the contract that expires next summer, but all parties know a high-quality replacement goalkeeper must be secured before he is allowed to leave.

As for Hazard, Chelsea have put a new £300,000-a-week deal on the table and are reluctant to sell their star man as they feel it would be handicapping Sarri in his very first season.

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'I don't know, ' said Sarri, when asked if Courtois will stay. "It depends on the club, it depends especially on him but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper".

That tournament may feel a long time ago now, yet the two Real Madrid targets have barely had a moment out of the headlines since then.

"I spoke yesterday with him about him being late, but not about his future", said Sarri.

Butland started his career at Birmingham City and broke into their first-team in the 2012/13 season after impressing them on loan at Cheltenham Town.

'We have to improve of course.