Chelsea captain John Terry admits the future of teammate Petr Cech is far from assured at the club.
The Blues’ skipper paid tribute to the way the veteran stopper has reacted after being ousted as number one by Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
However, he admits that a big decision still has to be made over the Czech international’s future in west London, and is unsure how long Cech can stay and fight for his place against the young Belgian.
"It is very hard to take for big Petr but he is Chelsea through-and-through has been unbelievable in the way he has responded in training - and in his attitude,” said Terry, according to the Express.
"Some players throw their toys out the pram and Petr, 100 per cent has not done that, he is fighting for his place.
"How long he can fight for his place? I don't know that. That is a decision for him and the club to decide but we have got two of the best keepers in the world.
"Petr has done it for many years and if Thibaut can replicate that it will take some doing.”
Terry was speaking after an impressive home debut from Courtois, which included one key save with the scores at 0-0 before Jose Mourinho’s side went on to claim a 2-0 win over Leicester City.
The 33-year-old captain admits that such stops will be crucial to the Blues’ title challenge this season, and are as important as Diego Costa’s goals at the other end of the pitch.
"It was important Thibaut made a big save. It is the same for him as well - like Diego Costa with the goals - (it is) important that he has a couple of good early saves in front of the fans,” added Terry.
"None bigger than that, a one-on-one (and we) could have gone 1-0 down but he pulls off a great save and gets a great reception from the fans. That will help him settle in.
"He is like all of us. A bit nervous, first game at the Bridge and it is nice to get settled, to get our feet under the table and he has certainly done that.”
Courtois made his competitive Chelsea debut in the opening game of the Premier League season at Burnley, and now appears to have the number one place to lose on the King’s Road.
His next appearance is set to come away to Everton, before returning from the international break to welcome Swansea to the capital.