Jose Mourinho is ready to make a big call on Chelsea's future and choose Thibaut Courtois as his first choice goalkeeper for the start of the new season, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
The Belgium shot stopper has returned to Stamford Bridge following three season on loan with Atletico Madrid. In that time Courtois has developed into one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world.
Despite his reputation, the 22-year-old's future at Chelsea was still in doubt because Petr Cech – arguably one of the few goalkeepers held in higher esteem than Courtois – has occupied the No.1 shirt for 10 seasons in west London. However, Mourinho is ready to put all his faith in the youngster at the expense of Cech.
Courtois will start the season at Chelsea as Mourinho's first choice with Cech falling onto the pitch for the first time since he joined the Blues in 2004.
Although many will applaud Mourinho's courage, it could have devastating repercussions for Cech's future at Chelsea.
Cech to leave?
It is unlikely Cech will be willing to sit on the bench for long. The 32-year-old will have a wealth of offers from big clubs around Europe with both Real Madrid and PSG believed to be interested. Mourinho will be keen to keep both players at the club but with Cech taking home a reported £100,000-a-week, keeping him at Stamford Bridge becomes difficult under Financial Fair Play regulations.