Chelsea should avoid summer move for Valdes

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With Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes long since having made his intentions to leave the Camp Nou in order to pursue a fresh challenge at the end of the 2013/14 season abundantly clear, speculation has intensified as to just which club he will join after departing the Catalan giants.

Earlier this week, the Spain international was linked with an potential switch to the Premier League and Jose Mourinho's title hopefuls Chelsea.

Such reports may prove to be utterly without foundation, of course, but let's just presume for one moment that it is true and that Mourinho really is interested in securing the services of the 31-year-old. 

Is he really required? Would he represent a significant upgrade over the two main options the Blues already possess between the posts?

In short, I would strongly argue that he almost certainly does not. While not wishing to particularly underestimate Valdes' obvious attributes and strengths, Cech - who, it is definitely worth remembering, is of the same age - remains arguably the stronger goalkeeper with far more impressive physical credentials.

Beyond Cech, Mourinho has arguably Europe's most exciting and outstanding young 'keeper in the form of Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois. 

21-year-old Courtois, who joined the Blues from Racing Genk during the summer of 2011, has yet to feature for the club but has gained legions of adoring fans during an extremely successful and ongoing three-year loan spell in La Liga with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. 

His inspired form and succession of outstanding and confident displays in Spain has led many Chelsea fans to insist that it is time that the club stopped sending Courtois out on temporary deals and instead instated him as the club's undisputed number one.

In an undeniably inferior side, Courtois has consistently outperformed the overrated Valdes and for Chelsea to chase the Spaniard's signature at the expense of their young star would be pure and utter madness. 

Chelsea do have a rather significant decision on the horizon concerning the goalkeeper position - that much is certainly evident.

However, that particular decision - which will ideally need to be made prior to the climax of the current campaign - should concern just whether or not they intend to persevere with Stamford Bridge stalwart Cech or whether it is time to end Courtois' extended exile and start to reap the considerable rewards of his improved level of nous and experience.

Valdes should not even be given a second's thought. 

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