Jose Mourinho wants both Cech and Courtois at his disposal

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The Mirror has reported that Jose Mourinho will keep Petr Cech in his squad even if Thibaut Courtois replaces him as Chelsea's number one.

Courtois joins up with the Chelsea squad this week after spending the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, winning La Liga and appearing in a Champions League final along the way.

Cech has been the first choice goalkeeper at Stamford since joining the club from Rennes in 2004 but faces serious competition for his place from Courtois who has positioned himself as one of the best 'keepers in the world.

The Czech 'keeper made his first appearance for three months in a friendly against RZ Pellets WAC after dislocating his shoulder in the Champions League semi final at Atletico Madrid, and looked his usual dominant self as he helped the side to a 1-1 draw.

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The Portuguese mastermind is certain he will have both the 'keepers in his squad come the start of the season, and decided to downplay speculation that one or the other will have to leave eventually.

After his sides friendly, Mourinho said: "My situation for the season is fantastic. To have Cech and Courtois means we have the best young goalkeeper in the world and one of the top-three or five most experienced keepers.

"For me and Chelsea, it's perfect. Maybe one of them wont be happy but the Chelsea supporters will be happy and they're more important than players.

"Of course, the window is the window, but I'm so happy  with the situation. If we don't have good players, we're in trouble. I'm paid to make decisions and I'm really happy with the situation."


The 6ft 5in shot stopper has been Chelsea's number one since joining the club, making over 450 appearances for the side and winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.

The Czech superstar is considered one of the best and most experienced goalkeepers of his generation and holds a number of goalkeeping records including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, as well as winning the Golden Glove in both the 2004-05 and 2009-10 seasons.

Cech may have to play second fiddle to Courtois this season but his experience will be crucial in the development of the Belgian keeper.


Courtois is only 22 but stands at a staggering 6ft 6in and is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world.

The starlet won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, awarded to the goalkeepers who has the lowest goals-to-games ratio in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons while on loan at Atletico Madrid.

In just three seasons at Atletico Madrid Courtois made 111 appearances for the side and helped his side to win the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, 2013 Copa Del Rey and the 2013-14 La Liga title.

Courtois is renowned for his shot stopping ability as well as his aerial presence and great decision making, there is no doubt he will be one of the best keepers in the Premier League next season and under the guidance of Mourinho and Cech he may well develop into the number one goalkeeper in the world in coming years.

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