Chelsea starlet Thibaut Courtois has blasted a warning to Jose Mourinho that he will not accept being used a second choice goalkeeper if he returns to Stamford Bridge, according to sources in Portugal.
Newspaper A Bola claims that Courtois believes he is good enough to be Chelsea’s No.1 between the sticks and, although he maintains a high degree of respect for long-serving Blues stopper Petr Cech, he won’t be content to sit on the substitutes bench.
Courtois has developed greatly during his loan spells with La Liga high-flyers Atletico Madrid and is now firmly registered as one of the brightest young talents in Europe.
Recent reports have claimed that his rise to prominence has alerted other teams, who would seek to take advantage of Chelsea’s goalkeeping dilemma by swooping for Courtois with the promise of first-team football.
And it now seems as though Mourinho has been issued with an ultimatum; replace Cech with Courtois or risk losing the latter for good.
Courtois, who is said to have met with the Chelsea boss recently to discuss his future in west London, is reported to have said: “[I’ll]Never say I'm better goalkeeper Petr Cech, but I think I am no player to be on the bench. I'll have to take this into consideration in my decision."