Few at Stamford Bridge will be calling for Petr Cech’s head at the end of the season; the 31 year-old has kept 13 clean sheets this term – the most in the English top flight – and he’s now by far the most experienced resident No.1 in the Premier League, having spent nearly a decade with Chelsea and claimed English and Champions League titles in the process.
But there’s no doubt that the immediate fates of the Czech international and Blues loanee Thibaut Courtois will be at logger heads this summer, and Jose Mourinho can’t ignore the Atletico Marid star’s incredible rise for much longer.
The 6 foot 6 prodigy has spent three years at Vincente Calderon, claiming a Copa del Rey and Europa League title in the process, and in that time has staked a claim for being the best goalkeeper in the world – all at just 21 years of age.
Mourinho is obviously unprepared to surrender the Belgium international to a European rival – especially just before a World Cup – having insisted Courtois will be starting next season with his parent club.
But in return, that suggests Cech will have to make way – he’s too established to act as understudy for a ‘keeper ten years his junior, and the veteran’s services will be in high demand throughout the continent.