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Real Madrid plan bids for Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois

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Real Madrid are poised to launch bids for Chelsea's top two goalkeepers, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, before the summer transfer window closes on September 2. However, Jose Mourinho is expected to resist any approach, for either player, from his former club.

This is according to The Sun, who claim that Real Madrid are still seeking a permanent, top-class replacement for Iker Casillas - despite completing a deal for Levante's Costa Rica international Keylor Navas earlier this week.

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Ancelotti a fan of Cech and Courtois

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly a big fan of both Cech and Courtois.

The Italian coach worked with Cech during his two-year stint as manager of Chelsea between 2009 - 2011 and believes the 32-year-old Czech Republic international, who was named in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year for last season, is still at the peak of his powers.

Given the choice, however, Ancelotti might prefer the world-class Courtois.

The Belgium international played his first match for Chelsea last week, despite arriving at Stamford Bridge back in 2011.

The 22-year-old has spent the last three campaigns on loan at Real's local rivals Atletico Madrid, and helped Diego Simeone's side reach last season's Champions League final and secure their first La Liga title since 1996.

Real Madrid no longer want Casillas

With Casillas in goal, Real Madrid finally secured their elusive 10th Champions League win last season. However, the Spanish giants are no longer convinced that the club legend is good enough to represent Los Blancos.

Casillas was at fault for the goal Atletico scored against Real Madrid in May's Champions League final - although he was bailed out by his teammates in the final minutes of added time - and performed woefully for Spain at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The reported Arsenal target made just two La Liga appearances last season, as Ancelotti continued from where Mourinho left off by playing Diego Lopez ahead of the Bernabeu icon.

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Cech v Courtois: Battle for Chelsea's No. 1 jersey

Ancelotti is acutely aware of the fact that neither Cech nor Courtois is prepared to play the role of back-up goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge this season.

Courtois is expected to become Chelsea's new number one, with his first competitive start set to come in the Blues' Premier League opener against Burnley on August 18.

Cech has made it clear that he has no intention of playing second-fiddle to the Belgian - so any potential offer from Real Madrid could prove tempting.

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