Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in January after Courtois deal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window after the club handed Thibaut Courtois a new five-year contract, reports The Guardian.  

Cech has had to settle for a place on the bench so far this season, and now Courtois looks set to be the club's No.1 'keeper for many years to come. 

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On the way out 

That could see Cech - who has been at Stamford Bridge for the past decade - leave the club in 2015, with a number of clubs interested in his services. La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly interested in his signature, whilst French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain could try and tempt the 32-year-old to Ligue 1. 

Chelsea's veteran goalkeeper will, however, be desperate to play some part in the club's success over the coming months, and could yet be handed opportunities to play in other competitions outside of the Premier League. 

Cech may, then, be handed a starting berth as the Blues begin their Champions League campaign next week against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge. 

Rise of Courtois

Despite the possibility of Cech leaving the club in the near future, Blues fans will certainly be pleased with the rise of youngster Courtois. At just 22-years-old, the Belgian international - who starred at this summer's World Cup - is already regarded as one of the world's best 'keepers. 

And he's already been impressive this term, despite conceding three goals in his last game for the club against Roberto Martinez's Everton. Courtois, then, could follow Cech's footsteps and become the club's No.1 'keeper for the next 10 years. 

Immediate focus 

Courtois will be expecting to start for the Blues tomorrow afternoon, as Mourinho's side take on Swansea City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will be hoping to secure their forth straight Premier League win, but will face a Swansea side who have also made a fine start themselves.

Blues fans will be hoping star man Diego Costa proves his fitness after suffering an injury whilst on international duty with Spain.  Forward Eden Hazard, meanwhile, is expected to be fit for the table-topping clash at the Bridge. 

Chelsea fans: Do you think it's time for Cech to leave your club? Does he deserve first-team football? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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