Jose Mourinho backs Courtois to challenge number one Cech

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Thibaut Courtois will be back at Stamford Bridge next season - and says he will challenge Petr Cech for the number one spot.

There has been plenty of speculation over Courtois, who is currently on loan with Atletico Madrid, in recent weeks.

Diego Simeone is keen on keeping the young shotstopper at the Vicente Calderon, while this week it was reported that Real Madrid want to sign him in the summer.

The Belgian international, who joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, has previously admitted that he wanted his future resolved one way or the other as soon as possible.

Mourinho insists that there is no chance that the promising youngster will be allowed to leave Chelsea - and says he can challenge established number one Cech for his spot next season.

"I believe so, I don't think he will be loaned out," Mourinho replied when asked if Courtois will be at Stamford Bridge next season.

"We don't struggle to keep him because he has two more years on his contract. I don't need to give any assurances to any player.

"A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea. Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition."

Cech has been the undisputed number one at Chelsea for some time now, and whether Courtois can dislodge him remains to be seen.

The Belgian has previoulsy insisted that he is not interested in playing seocnd fiddle to the Czech stopper, and would be open to staying in Spain with Atletico.

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