The Belgian stopper was picked ahead of his Czech counterpart for the Blues’ season opening win at Burnley, performing admirably despite conceding an early goal to Clarets star Scott Arfield.
It was Courtois’ first ever competitive showing for Chelsea, with his 2011 arrival from Genk immediately followed by a three-year stint with Atletico Madrid.
In a bid to keep him at the club amid mounting interest from Spain, Jose Mourinho is understood to have made him first-team promises, which has led to talk that last night’s selection was a hint at the Portuguese coach’s plans for the campaign.
Even though Cech is waiting in the wings for any slip-up from the new Stamford Bridge stopper, it’s understood that Courtois does not want the experienced star to leave.
The 32-year-old is said to be a wanted man, with PSG, Monaco and Real Madrid having all been linked with him.
Courtois’ views echo those of Mourinho, who has already spoken out to suggest that Cech will not be leaving.