Maurizio Sarri has admitted he might have to wait until the end of the pre-season to be able to speak to Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois over their Chelsea futures.

The new Blues head coach has stated that he wants to speak to those who are keen to leave face-to-face rather than over the phone so that he can properly understand where they want to be in the coming weeks.

However, with Belgium going all the way to the final weekend of the tournament both of Real Madrid’s targets are not set to return to Cobham until the week leading up to the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

Willian is also being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, but Sarri is remaining confident that he will be able to keep his star men.

“Face to face, I think at the end of the month because I think they will arrive to Cobham at the end of the month,” Sarri said after the win in Perth on Monday.

“I would like to talk to the person face by face, I don’t like to talk to the person by telephone. I don’t know, it depends on the club. It is clear from me that it is a pleasure to have Courtois, to have Willian, to have Hazard. But it doesn’t depend on me. So we have to wait. I am confident.”