Chelsea's number one: Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois?

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As Thibaut Courtois' loan spell comes to an end, people will be wondering if he will settle for second place at Stamford Bridge behind Petr Cech after establishing himself as a key first team player at Atletico Madrid.

Courtois has been tipped to be the next big thing at Chelsea, and has made the goalkeeping position his at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

But as he returns to his home in London, his chances of regular playing time could be in jeopardy. 

Petr Cech has been playing Chelsea’s first-choice ‘keeper for the last eight years and is unlikely to let go of his spot in the line up easily. 

If they do not play the youngster then Chelsea could end up losing him. He has already been quoted as saying: “I want to play in a team where I’m on the pitch.” 

If Chelsea decide not to loan him out again then they risk unsettling the young star who has grown used to playing every week in La Liga. Although the loss may not seem disastrous now, it will do when Cech finally decides to hang up his gloves. Ross Turnbull has already proved to be a bad backup keeper and Chelsea will struggle to find a replacement who is as talented as Courtois.

The best option may therefore be to loan him out again for another season; maybe even two. The Sun reported that Fulham, Southampton and Wigan Athletic are battling to take Courtois on loan next season. 

Fulham boss Martin Jol heads the queue as he looks to replace Mark Schwarzer, 40, who is out of contract in the summer. 

The final scenario is maybe the least possible for now. There is a small possibility that Petr Cech might be demoted to second choice in the team. But with his fine form – including an excellent save aginst Manchester United in the FA Cup - the possibility of seeing Cech of the bench is very low.

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