Thibaut Courtois set for Chelsea return after Atletico replacement

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Jose Mourinho will have the pleasure - or difficulty - of choosing between Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech for who he wants as his No.1 next season, as it appears that the former will now definitely return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The last few weeks have been packed full of differing speculation as to where the 22-year-old will end up plying his trade next campaign, as his loan spell at the Vicente Calderon comes to an end. He has already expressed his desire to ensure that he is playing regular first-team football at whichever club he as next season, which poses something of a problem for Mourinho, as he currently has Cech on the books as well.

But now it appears that rumours of Courtois potentially staying on Atletico for one more year have been essentially quashed, as Diego Simeone has completed the capture of Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Moya. According to the Express the move is seen by many as the club’s attempt at making sure they have a good enough man between the sticks to fill the void when Courtois returns to west London, which he now surely will.

The likes of Barcelona have been loosely named in connection with attempting a raid for the Blues youngster, but their recent decision to purchase German stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen all but rules them out the hunt. As such it would seem that Courtois will very much by vying for a place in Mourinho’s starting XI next term, and could well force the Portuguese manager to make a definitive decision.

With Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain waiting in the wings to try their hand for Cech, Mourinho will know that he can offload him without too much trouble. Above all though it has now become clear that Stamford Bridge won’t be big enough for two No.1s.

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