Dropped Chelsea star will leave, says former goalie

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini believes that Petr Cech will not stay put to be Thibaut Courtois’ back-up for very long.

The experienced Czech Republic international has been the Blues’ No. 1 for much of the last 10 years, but with the return of the 22-year-old from a three-season spell at Atletico Madrid has seen him slide to the bench.

Courtois is understood to have been promised first-team action by Jose Mourinho, who is thought to have made the decision in a bid to keep him at the club amid serious interest from teams in Spain.

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The Belgian has started both of the Londoners’ Premier League games so far this season, conceding just one goal while producing a number of good saves.

Cech has been heavily linked with moves to PSG and Monaco in recent weeks, and Cudicini – whom the 32-year-old replaced when he joined the club in 2004 – is sure that his former team-mate will not stay put for long to be a benchwarmer:

“I decided to stay but that doesn’t mean Petr will do the same,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“Every situation is different. I was the No1 for three years when Petr arrived but I didn’t have the same pedigree Petr has now. He can go anywhere; any team in the world will take him but it was different for me.

“A goalkeeper of his calibre will try to win the No1 jersey back but if Courtois does his job well and keeps it, then I don’t think that Petr will stay.

“It might be in January, it might be the end of the year but I don’t see him staying. That’s my idea but I might be wrong.”


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