FIRST TEAM ONLY

The father of the Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois has clearly said that his son is not ready to be second in the pecking order at Chelsea. So, before having him, the Blues management will have to make a decision on the future of their first choice goalie Petr Cech.

Courtois had made a move to Stamford Bridge in July 2011 after leaving Genk, but, in the last 3 years, he hasn’t played a single match for Chelsea. He had been loaned out to the Spanish club Atletico Madrid immediately after his arrival and since then, he has been there only. He has already made close to 100 league appearances for Atletico and is currently their no. 1 goalkeeper.

In one of his interviews yesterday, when the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was asked if Courtois would continue playing in Spain in the next season, he answered ‘no’ which means that the 21 years old Belgian would have to return to his parent club and fight with Cech for a place in the starting XI.

But, according to his father, he doesn’t want to have that battle. He wants to be the first choice at whichever club he is. So, if he has to come back to Stamford Bridge, Cech’s future needs to be decided.

Talking to the reporters, Courtois’ father said, “Chelsea can’t have both Courtois and Cech. Neither of them would like to be the second choice.”

“Yes, rotating them might be an option, but, my son doesn’t want to be in that situation.”

“However, he is not the guy who thinks too far ahead. So, at the moment, he is just looking to keep up his good work in La Liga.”

Courtois has kept quite a few clean sheets for Atletico Madrid this season.

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