Jose Mourinho has revealed that one of Chelsea’s most important figures could ask to leave after this weekend, depending on a big choice to be made by him.
The Special One confirmed earlier this week that he would make a decision regarding whether or not Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois would be his No.1 by Sunday, before letting the team know the outcome. Since then it’s been speculated that whichever one was snubbed would look to force an exit, and Mourinho appears to have confirmed that such a scenario could well come to fruition, according to the Daily Express.
Both men have world-class reputations and so aren’t thought to be willing to spend the season on the bench, but the importance of having one ‘keeper moving forward means that whoever it is who starts against Burnley on Monday is sure to be Mourinho’s preferred option moving forward.
“Yes, Petr Cech could leave if Courtois is chosen, or vice versa. If Petr plays Courtois could think about leaving," he said.
“But at this moment they are working well and hard and we are happy to have them both.
“They don't know yet. The team as a whole does not know. They will know at the same time, all of them. Chelsea has two of the three best goalkeepers in the world. That is unique."
The long-serving Blues stopper is top quality on his day, and if loyalty factors into it he’ll have Courtois beaten to the position hands down. However, now approaching the twilight years of his career, the Czech international has already hit his peak, and he can’t offer nearly as much as his rival for the future.
Though Cech is an assured presence between the sticks he remains the favourite to be dropped to the bench, and if that’s the case then it’s with little doubt that it can be speculated he will indeed push for an exit. The 32-year-old knows every season is important for him on a personal level now, and he has attractive suitors in Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.
In stark contrast to his elder teammate, Courtois has returned to Stamford Bridge with the world at his feet. The Belgian shot stopper enjoyed three years of steady progression at Atletico Madrid, and his performances during last season’s successful campaign more than just caught the eye of the powers that be at his parent club.
It will come as a huge surprise if Mourinho chooses to leave Courtois on the bench, as the 22-year-old will definitely be open to leaving unless he’s given the spot between the sticks. Once more the likes of Real are said to be interested in the idea of landing him, and his position as one of the most promising players in world football means they would likely be prepared to pay big money.
Regardless of who the Blues boss opts for he’s going to upset someone. Cech has shown immeasurable commitment to the club down the years and remains a senior dressing room figure.
That being said ‘keepers of Courtois’ quality don’t come around often, and Mourinho would be passing up on a huge opportunity for the future if he lets him slip through his grasp.