Thibaut Courtois is ready to face up to Jose Mourinho if he is left on the bench for Chelsea's opening Premier League game against Burnley, reports The Sunday People.
Mourinho is still yet to reveal which one of his world-class goalkeepers will be selected but reportedly told the players in training on Sunday morning. Both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois are considered one of the world's best shot stoppers but only only can be selected.
If Cech, who has been Chelsea's first choice 'keeper for over a decade, gets the nod, Courtois will immediately demand showdown talks with Mourinho over his Chelsea future.
After playing a key role in Atletico Madrid's title winning campaign last term, Courtois had made it clear he would only return to Stamford Bridge for a first choice role. What is clear is that Courtois was keen to stay at the Vicente Calderon unless he had good reason to return to his parent club.
Courtois does have the upper hand over Mourinho as the player has just two years to run on his current contract. Chelsea are obviously keen to tie down the 22-year-old's long-term future, but unless awarded the first choice role, he is unlikely to agree to an extension.
Cech has also stated that he doesn't want to sit on the bench but is also relishing the competition. However, with wages of £100,000-a-week, it is likely Cech will leave west London should Courtois get the nod.