Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, currently in his third successive season-long loan spell at Atletico Madrid, is certainly the best young goalkeeper in the world right now.
Born in Bree, Courtois began his career with local side Bilzen V.V, where he started his career as a left-back. Soon after, in 1999, he joined Racing Genk at the age of seven, and it was there that he was converted into a goalkeeper.
Courtois was first called up to the Belgium squad in October 2011 and made his debut the following month in a 0–0 friendly against France, aged just 19, making him the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for the Belgian national team.
It is at Atletico that Courtois has established himself, culminating with him winning the Zamora Trophy last season (goalkeeper who has the lowest "goals-to-games" ratio).
Chelsea decided that with Cech still at the peak of his career, it was best if Courtois remained on loan at Atletico until Cech's age finally catches up to him. This was backed up by the fact that they signed former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who is on the wrong side of 40.
This move can only further prove that Chelsea are looking to bring Courtois back to Stamford Bridge soon, either to replace Cech or learn from him.
Cech is reaching the twilight of his career and has already accomplished every accolade possible, both personal and for his team.
Courtois is also reportedly wanted by Barcelona, who want the young Belgian to replace the erratic Victor Valdes.
So unless Chelsea want to lose out on the brightest young goalkeeper in the world right now, they must show more faith in the young Belgian international or risk losing him for good.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.