Chelsea’s Petr Cech unfazed by the prospect of Thibaut Courtois return
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is unfazed by the prospect of facing competition for the Blues number one spot from Thibaut Courtois
Petr Cech says he is unfazed by the prospect of facing competition from Thibaut Courtois for his Chelsea number one spot in the future.
The Belgium international has impressed during his successive season-long loan spells at Atletico Madrid, with Diego Simeone’s men boasting the best defensive record in La Liga this term.
There has been speculation that Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Racing Genk in 2011, could return to Stamford Bridge next season to provide competition for the Czech Republic goalkeeper.
But the 30-year-old insists he is prepared to compete with his young rival for the role of first-choice keeper at Stamford Bridge.
“I can play another four or five years if I keep my fitness and level of performance, but if I don’t play well I’m not going to get picked,” Cech told the Times.
“I’ve never had a guarantee that I will play, and Thibaut will never have a guarantee. One day, if we end up in the same team at the same time, the manager will have to pick a number one goalkeeper.”
Earlier in March, Courtois, 20, expressed his desire to spend a third season on loan at Atletico before returning to the Blues.
“I am happy, I like my life here, my team-mates,” said Courtois. “It is not just my decision, Chelsea and Atletico also have to talk.
“But everyone knows I like it here and, if I can, I want to stay.”