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Chelsea urged to sign World Cup star to replace Courtois

Chelsea have been advised to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to replace Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to join Real Madrid this summer.

The Belgium international is likely to return to the Spanish capital before the end of the transfer window, which in Spain runs until 31 August.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have been linked with a host of replacements including former Liverpool star Pepe Reina, though they have drafted in Rob Green on a one-year deal.

And Craig Burley, the ex-Chelsea midfielder, wants to see his former side move for Denmark international Schmeichel.

‘They need someone who is very strong on crosses and coming out,’ the 46-year-old told ESPN.

‘Courtois is very dominant coming out. It isn’t a strength of [Kasper] Schmeichel.

‘He is a good shot stopper. Chelsea need a goalkeeper who is good at shot stopping and coming out.’

Leicester have already moved to cover for the possible departure of Schmeichel by acquiring Danny Ward from Liverpool in a deal worth £12.5m.

Manager Claude Puel has already lost Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer and is unwilling to allow another star player to depart the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire are already likely to miss the start of the season, which begins against Manchester United on 10 August, due to reaching the latter stages of the World Cup with England.

And Puel could ill-afford losing another of his key men.