Chelsea are set to receive three offers for Petr Cech after this weekend, should Jose Mourinho confirm that he is not his first-choice No.1 by picking Thibaut Courtois for Monday’s clash with Burnley.
The Special One has already made it known that he will be revealing his decision with regards to who occupies the role between the sticks on Sunday, meaning that Courtois and Cech will both learn their fates. However according to the Daily Mail if the latter is on the bench during the Blues’ opening fixture at Turf Moor then he will look to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.
Though Mourinho hasn’t offered any clues as to who his preferred ‘keeper is, many are tipping him to side with Courtois following the Belgian’s fantastic loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Three years of development culminated in the 22-year-old lifting the La Liga title and coming within an inch of replicating that feat in the Champions League.
Having enjoyed a steady rise to prominence at the Vicente Calderon Courtois returns with the world at his feet, and there would be a great many eyebrows raised were he to be ordered to play second fiddle to his Czech rival.
Of course Cech has years at Stamford Bridge on his side, and the loyalty he has shown over his career in west London translates into a healthy relationship with the fans. On top of that he remains arguably one of the best shot stoppers in the world, and as such he has plenty of suitors.
The report in question claims that mega-rich French duo Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are both considering making bids for him, as are Spanish giants Real Madrid. The first two clubs have lucratively assembled lineups, but lack world-class ‘keepers, whilst Madrid have already offloaded Diego Lopez to AC Milan and are considering a similar route for Iker Casillas.
Looking to the future it’s certainly Courtois who would seem the more logical choice, as he’s 10 years his counterpart’s junior. Cech is a reliable option, and could well be moving into his peak period between the sticks, but Courtois is already ranked amongst the finest ‘keepers around and has plenty of time to continue with his progression.
In pre-season Mourinho gave both equal opportunities to stake a claim for the spot in question, and it’s likely that if he could he would use a tactic not dissimilar to the one he deployed whilst in charge of Madrid. Back then an injury to Casillas meant that Lopez was given the chance to oust him from the No.1 position, leaving Mourinho with two top quality ‘keepers to call upon at any given time.