Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has given the clearest indication yet that Petr Cech wants to leave Stamford Bridge, by hinting that his current understudy is unhappy in west London.
In an interview with The Guardian over the weekend, the Belgium international was asked about his relationship with the veteran custodian, who he insisted has remained a complete professional despite losing his place in Jose Mourinho's team.
32-year-old Cech has been linked with a move away from the Blues in January, and Courtois admits that he wouldn't blame the stopper for leaving to secure regular first-team football.
Despite the inevitable competition for a place in the Chelsea team this term, the former Atletico Madrid loanee is adamant he gets on well with Cech, and sees no problems moving forward.
"We train really well together now, talking a lot about things that can happen in a game," explained Courtois. "It's a nice relationship.
"I understand that, maybe, he's not happy he doesn't play a lot and that's normal. I would be the same. But we get on well.
"At Atletico, the No.2s would not always speak to me. It wasn't jealousy, more frustration, but it meant we didn't get on well. That's a pity because, normally, the goalkeepers are just alone working together. It's not like that here."
However, with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly sniffing around - don't be surprised to see the £120,000-a-week star depart when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Check out all the latest Chelsea news and transfer gossip from today.
Jose Mourinho has been placed on red alert after AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho handed in a transfer request, with a view to leaving the Ligue 1 club in January. (The Express)
The Portugal international is reportedly unhappy with the way his career is panning out in France, and is angling for a move to a bigger club at the next available opportunity.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that he'd love to play in the Premier League, paving way for a possible transfer to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)
The 24-year-old attracted admiring glances from Chelsea prior to suffering a serious injury that kept him out of action for over 14 months.
Chelsea must pay Croatian side Rijeka £8 million for forward Andrej Kramaric. (London Evening Standard)
The 23-year-old's father is believed to have travelled to London over the weekend for talks with the Premier League leaders over a prospective transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Liverpool are tipped to go head-to-head for the 'new Ronaldo' Mauro Icardi, and are ready to bid £28 million for the forward next summer. (Daily Star)
The 21-year-old Argentina star is expected to leave San Siro after Roberto Mancini made clear to the player that he doesn't feature in his first-team plans.
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