Former-Chelsea keeper Dave Beasant believes Petr Cech will leave Chelsea at the first opportunity in the January transfer window.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, Beasant admitted he believes it was the right decision by Jose Mourinho to replace the established Czech international with Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois, 22, has stepped into the Chelsea first-team after three hugely successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Beasant believes he's served his apprenticeship and the right is now right.
The right time for Courtois
"I think it was the time to bring him [Courtois] back," Beasant said. "He's just played in the Champions League, so he's played at the highest level.
"Cech has been phenomenal throughout his time at Chelsea but you probably have to start looking to the future and Courtois is the future at Chelsea.
"Very hard [for Cech to take being the number two]. Once you've been first-choice keeper, you want to stay first-choice keeper.
"And he's not going to move until the next transfer window but I think he's biding his time until the next transfer window, waiting to see if there's any hiccups so he can say 'I'm here', but I can't see Petr Cech staying on the bench for too long."
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Beasant career history
Beasant played for Chelsea for four years between 1989 and 1993, making 133 appearances for the west London club.
And he went on to describe Chelsea's transfer business as among the best in the Premier League this summer. He also believes Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa will prove to be the shrewdest signings of the entire window.