Chelsea have told their impressive young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois that he will have the chance to take the number one jersey from Petr Cech next season.
The Belgium international, who turns 22 in May, will return to his parent club this summer following three hugely successful years with Atletico Madrid. Courtois is now widely regarded as the most outstanding young goalkeeper in Europe after picking up the LFP Best Goalkeeper award for his superb performances last season, while his displays for Diego Simeone's side throughout the current campaign have left the club in a three-horse title race with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Courtois has yet to make a single appearance for Chelsea, despite signing for the Premier League club in 2011, and has three years left to run on his contract. And now, in a bid to convince him to stay put at Stamford Bridge, Roman Abramovich's senior adviser and executive board member Marina Granovskaia is now overseeing the matter personally, according to the London Evening Standard.
Real Madrid have been strongly linked with Courtois in recent weeks, while Atletico are also keen to sign the young goalkeeper on a permanent deal. However, Chelsea have made it clear to Courtois that Jose Mourinho will offer him the chance to become the west London outfit's first-choice goalkeeper next season.
Cech is still only 31 years old and has performed well this season, but with Courtois not content to sit on the Chelsea bench, Mourinho has a difficult decision to make at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
Chelsea fans: who should be your first-choice goalkeeper next season - Cech or Courtois? Have your say in the comments section below.