Jose Mourinho insists that Thibaut Courtois' new contract doesn't spell the end of Petr Cech's time at Chelsea.
The Belgian shotstopper has ousted Cech as the number one at Stamford Bridge, and was rewarded for his performances with a new five-year contract worth a reported £60,000-per-week on Thursday.
That could be bad news for Cech, who is said to be seeking a move away from Chelsea having grown unhappy with his new role as a number two. The Czech ace is said to be attracting interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, and unless he can win back his starting spot will look to move in January.
However Mourinho insists that just because Courtois' long-term future has been secured that doesn't spell the end for Cech at Chelsea.
"Petr is a very intelligent guy and knows when Courtois is coming back it is to sign a new contract and stay for a long time," he told reporters.
“Nobody would expect Courtois to come back and in two years’ time be a free agent and Chelsea to be in trouble with that. What happened was very much on the table.
“It was something everybody could expect. The five-year contract gives us stability. Petr is a top goalkeeper and I am more than happy to have both.”
Courtois has started all three of Chelsea's games so far this season having returned from a loan spell with Atletico Madrid, where he spent the last three seasons.
During his time in Spain the Belgian international won La Liga and the Copa del Rey, while he was also part of the team that made it to the Champions League final last season.
Cech meanwhile has been Chelsea's number one since he joined the club in 2004, and has insisted publicly at least that he is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge. He seemingly had the option to move in the summer window but was still in west London as the window slammed shut.
He tweeted afterwards: 'Blue is the colour ! " ... It hasn't changed... ;-) have a good night everyone.'