Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is relishing the chance to fight with Petr Cech for the number one spot in Chelsea's starting XI.
Spanish newspaper AS reports that the young Chelsea 'keeper intentionally remained on loan at Atletico Madrid this season, so that he can return to Chelsea in a better position to challenge Cech for his position.
Courtois will most certainly make the Belgium team if they qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but it is the Chelsea spot that he is setting his sights on predominantly.
The Belgian shot stopper, who became one of Europe's most sought after properties last season whilst at Atletico, is assured that his skills will give Mourinho reason to make him number one.
The goalkeeping starlet told a Belgian media source: "I’m not afraid of fighting for my place with Cech. I’m not afraid of anyone. I have faith in my ability and I know that Mourinho doesn’t let a player’s status affect his selection decisions. The proof is that he left [Iker] Casillas on the bench because he thought Diego López was training better.
"Going back to Chelsea would have been a gamble. I could have played, and that would have been perfect. But I also might not have played and could have risked losing my place in the Belgium team. With the World Cup coming up, that would have been a risk.”