A wonderful career at Stamford Bridge will likely come to an end if, as expected, Jose Mourinho installs Atletico Madrid’s keeper as Chelsea number one.
According to the Telegraph Jose Mourinho has already made his mind up about who is going to be his first choice goalkeeper in the new campaign.
The 6ft 6in Belgian stopper has developed into one of the best goalkeeprs in the world over the past season and will top off a tremendous campaign by keeping goal for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final against neighbours Real Madrid on 24 May.
Quite the send off it seems, as his services are believed to be required back at the Bridge and that Mourinho is prepared to offer the 22-year-old a five year contract and the number 1 shirt for 2014/15.
Petr Cech will undergo shoulder surgery at the beginning of the season and then be back in contention for the number 1 jersey. But given Courtois’ form both in the Atletico shirt and that of his country Belgium, Cech may quickly find himself relegated to a bit-part role in minor cup competitions, a position he may find difficult to take after a glittering career in West London.
An earlier exit may be necessary.
Other talking points in the debate concern Financial Fair Play – whether Chelsea are prepared to pay £100,000 per week wages for a substitute keeper; and the club’s pride on the continent – the Chelsea hierarchy and Mourinho certainly don’t want the embarrassment of facing Courtois in European competition again next year.
Currently it would appear that, despite support from Christophe Lollichon, Chelsea’s formidable goalkeeping coach, Cech will be forced to stand aside for the younger Belgian stopper and his glorious Chelsea career will come to a close.
He’s won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea.
What’s very apparent is that finding a new home for a goalkeeper who shared the Golden Glove award this season with Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny will certainly not be a difficult task.