Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea want Cech to stay on... as Courtois' mentor

First choice: Thibaut Courtois

Petr Cech will seek clarification from Jose Mourinho on his long-term place in the pecking order at Chelsea, having been displaced by Thibaut Courtois as the club's first-choice goalkeeper for Monday's 3-1 victory over Burnley.

The future of Cech, 32, is in doubt until the close of the transfer window, with even Mourinho unable to say categorically whether the Czech international would stay at the club now that he is no longer Chelsea's automatic first-choice.

A staple of the Roman Abramovich era, Cech has been unchallenged as the No 1 goalkeeper until now and will speak to Mourinho after the Chelsea manager said post-match that he wanted Cech to stay and compete for his place.

When Courtois was asked on Monday night whether he wanted Cech to stay at the club, the Belgian said that he hoped his rival did – although to offer guidance and act as a back-up choice rather than play.

He said: "Of course, in training I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience, he can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know at the start.

"He is nice to me. We are training very well and he is still proving he is a great goalkeeper. For the team it is better for us to have two good goalkeepers. I don't have a problem if he stays. Hopefully, I can play well and stay in the team."

Courtois said that Mourinho had only told his players the team to face Burnley an hour before kick-off. Having come back from another successful season at Atletico Madrid, the 22-year-old said that he had expected to play.

Courtois said: "He (Mourinho) said it (the team) an hour before the game. It was nice. Obviously I came here to play. I know that Petr is a great goalkeeper so there is a lot of competition, but when you come back from a successful loan you hope to play. Otherwise, it would maybe have been better for me to go to another team.

"It is nice that he put faith in me and it is up to me now to prove his faith is right. I need to work hard in every training session and game to gain the confidence of my team-mates and the manager."

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