Young Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he has no fear of returning to Stamford Bridge and battling Petr Cech for the number one jersey.
Courtois opted to stay on loan at Atletico Madrid for this season, not because he felt he wasn't up to the task of challenging the Blues long-time number one, but he knew it would be a gamble and was not prepared to risk falling out of the Belgium starting XI for Worldl Cup 2014.
The 21-year-old has been at the Vicente Calderon since Chelsea signed him from Racing Genk in 2011, with the Blues loaning him out immediately.
Courtois has great confidence in his abilities and feels reputations would not be a factor when it comes to selection under Jose Mourinho, stating the situation at Real Madrid in the second half of last season.
"I am not afraid to fight for a position with Cech. I have no fear of anyone," he is quoted as saying in AS.
"I believe in my qualities and I know Mourinho chooses not because of the status of his players. The proof is that he left Casillas on the bench [at Madrid] because he believed that Diego Lopez trained better.
"Going to Chelsea was heads or tails. I could play and then it would be perfect, but I could not play and could lose my starting place in the national team. It would be a risk for the World Cup.
"Next year I can afford to take more risks. But for now, the important thing for me as a young player is to play, to achieve a better level."
Courtois has been a great success at Atletico, winning the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and will play in the Champions League this season following a third-place finish.
However, Cech has been in good from the past few months for Chelsea, so it will be an almighty battle to become number one.
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