Chelsea FC loanee and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has told media at the World Cup that he will not be discussing his future until after the tournament. There is rampant speculation about who will be the starting keeper for Chelsea FC next season with some suggesting that the Blues will sell the veteran Petr Cech to appease the youngster. He has said in the past that sharing the number one shirt with Cech is not something he wants to do at this stage in his career and for good reason.
Courtois has been the unquestioned starter at Atletico Madrid during his loan spells there and has won his fair share of trophies there. He has been immensely successful with Atletico and has every right to want to start every match for his club. The youngster does have to prove himself at Chelsea but he has certainly done that in the upper echelons of club football with his Champions League appearances.
Thibaut Courtois when asked about his future this week:
“I will not talk about my future, this is not the time to talk about that. I’m here with the [Belgium] national team and we’re concentrating on the World Cup and not on my personal life. I will make a decision after the World Cup and then everything will be clear. I spoke with him [Mourinho] in May, before the game against Barcelona. He discussed what he thinks about me and everything. With my age and the performances I’ve had, I want to play. To be on the bench is not the nicest thing.”
Source: The Standard
Chelsea have to make the decision between the young Courtois and the veteran Petr Cech who has been a vital member of every Chelsea title and trophy-winning squad since arriving in 2004. Thibaut Courtois can and should be the Chelsea number one next season but the ideal situation would be having Petr Cech on the squad as well to help tutor the young man. If that is not possible then choosing Courtois should be an easy business decision, if not an emotional one, as he can easily be the Chelsea number one for the next ten years and is already considered a world class keeper by many.
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