Jose Mourinho has come out to explain why he picked Thibaut Courtois over Petr Cech as his new number one after a summer-long dilemma, Daily Star reports.

The 22-year-old Belgian saw his side triumph 3-1 over Burnley in his Premier League debut and looks to have ended Cech’s 10-year spell as the clubs first choice keeper.

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“Obviously a goalkeeper is not a player you are changing match after match, you must give a bit of stability, but this is about performances,” Mourinho said.

“Ten years ago I had a very difficult decision to make when you have Carlo Cudicini giving fantastic performances in Chelsea’s goal for many years and I made a decision for Petr in 2004-05 because I had in my hands a keeper who I thought could be in Chelsea’s goal for many years and years.

“The situation is similar.

“We have to think about the future of the club and made a decision to give the goal to Courtois.

“But I feel so comfortable and so safe having these two goalkeepers with us. Petr is a fantastic professional. He only knew my decision this morning.”

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