It has already been a pretty mad summer at Stamford Bridge, and it's only just started. Cesc Fabregas has arrived and Diego Costa looks set to follow him, whilst the likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard look set to leave the club. The Blues have also sold flamboyant Brazilian David Luiz for a mega fee to French moneybags Paris Saint Germain. But what does the future hold for Belgian duo Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku?
Well, in truth, that's anyone's guess. The duo are currently starring in the biggest tournament of all - The World Cup. The pair of them played in Belgian's 2-1 victory over Algeria last night, and look set to play a key role in the rest of the tournament, as the 'Dark Horses' of the competition go in search of success in Brazil.
So why then - at such young ages - are their Chelsea career's under such threat? That's seemingly because of Jose Mourinho. The 'Special One', who returned for his second stint at Stamford Bridge last summer, shipped the pari of them out on loan last term.
In truth, the duo hadn't been handed an opportunity in the previous regime either. Couritois has now enjoyed three - extremely successful - spells at La Liga giants Atletico Madrid. Lukaku, on the other hand, has enjoyed two - very successful - spells in the Premier League at West Brom and Everton. It's pretty clear, then, that the duo have improved from their time away from Stamford Bridge.
They have reached great heights in an extremely short space of time. Courtois, who is just 22-years-old, is already regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, meanwhile Lukaku, who is even younger than Courtois, has been hailed as the next Didier Drogba in some quarters. Not bad considering they appear to be nowhere near the Chelsea first team...
£52 million is a lot of money
If certain reports are to be believed, the Blues have rated Courtois at £20m and have set a £32m price tag on Lukaku. So, £52m for two youngsters wouldn't exactly be terrible business for Mourinho and Co. at the Bridge.
But the Blues hierarchy must look at this from a long term perspective. The duo have their whole careers in front of them and will continue to improve. In fact, their values will only continue to rise over the coming years, so the Blues would be foolish to let go of them at this stages.
Money is a wonderful thing, but quality isn't always easy to find, and Mourinho shouldn't get rid of them without a second thought. Courtois has proved he's good enough to play at the very highest level, whilst Lukaku has showed that he knows how to find the net in England's elite division.
When will they play for Chelsea?
If the Chelsea boss does keep the pair at the club, then should he install them straight into his first team? Well, not necessarily...
The pair may have spent an awful lot of time out on loan in previous years, but would it really be that crazy to suggest they should depart the club for one more short spell? They've been getting better and stronger whilst plying their trade on loan, meaning the Blues will one day benefit.
That day doesn't have to be in 2014. It may, however, be in 2015 or even 16. Chelsea still have a world class goalkeeper in Petr Cech and the Blues look set to bring a world class striker in Diego Costa to the club.
Perhaps Mourinho should let Cech and Costa have it easy next season and then unleash his fine young talent, who will finally be ready to claim their place in the Chelsea team and the future of the club.
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