Former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has insisted that Thibaut Courtois must replace Petr Cech between the sticks at Stamford Bridge next season.
As reported by Sky Sports, Hasselbaink suggested that the club must play the Belgian shot-stopper - who is on loan at the La Liga outfit - or risk losing him.
Courtois earned high praise from the former Blues striker after he put in a fine performance in Atletico's 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final last night.
Courtois made a number of great saves at the Nou Camp and Hasselbaink has insisted that the youngster is currently alongside Manuel Neuer as the world's best goalkeeper.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Chelsea man said: “Next year, for Chelsea, it’s going to be hard to loan him out again. It’s going to be you play him or you have to sell him.
“I’d put the best in. That’s Courtois. Very simple. When Petr Cech first came to this country he was the best but after his head injury he’s not really had the level he had before. Don’t get me wrong, he’s done really well. But this is a difference class for me.
“Courtois is, with the goalkeeper of Bayern Munich, Manuel Neuer, the best goalkeeper around at the moment."
It remains to be seen as to whether Courtois and Cech will go head-to-head for the No.1 spot at Chelsea next season. For now though, Blues boss Jose Mourinho will be focussing on his side's Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris Saint-German this evening.
Chelsea will be hoping to secure a positive result in France, ahead of next week's second leg fixture with the Ligue 1 moneybags.