Julen Lopetegui has refused to discuss the prospect of Thibaut Courtois arriving at Real Madrid and insists the club has complete faith in goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
As reported by Goal, Belgium international Courtois has not reported for training with Chelsea this week amid intense speculation he is set to swap Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Speaking after his team’s 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday , new Madrid coach Lopetegui would not be drawn on the transfer rumours regarding the former Atletico Madrid loan star.
“As I’ve said, I don’t speak about players who do not belong to Real Madrid. I’ll only speak about the ones who are at Real Madrid and today is no different,” he said.
“Did you see him today? Keylor is our goalkeeper. He’s here. There is no other goalkeeper we can talk about. Keylor, Kiko [Casilla], Luca [Zidane] and [Andriy] Lunin are the ones I can speak about.
“Keylor is phenomenal. He’s been phenomenal all pre-season. He’s an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to be with Real Madrid and we’re delighted to have him with us.”
Goal understands that Chelsea will activate Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause as they look for a replacement for Courtois.
The move would break the club’s transfer record, set last season when the Blues signed Alvaro Morata in an initial £58m ($75m) deal, potentially rising to £70m ($90m), from Real Madrid.
It would also make Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, less than a month after Alisson made the £65m (€73m/$85m) move from Roma to Liverpool.