After ousting Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech from between the Stamford Bridge sticks, Thibaut Courtois has stated he wants the Czech gloveman to remain with the Blues.
The second coming of the 22-year-old Belgian and his apparent installation as first-choice for Jose Mourinho’s men has kick-started a cyclone of speculation surrounding Cech’s future; he’s now 5/2 to join Paris Saint-Germain.
But Courtois doesn’t want to see the back of his leading competitor, stating:
“I want him to stay. Even if he doesn’t play he can be a lot of help to me in training.
“I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience, he can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know at the start.
“He is nice to me. We are training very well and he is still proving he is a great goalkeeper.”
Had Cech started in the net against Burnley at the expense of the former Atletico Madrid loanee, his sentiments surely would’ve been the exact opposite, but Courtois is right regardless, his understudy should stay at Chelsea.
Top trackers PSG can by no means guarantee him a start.
Resident number one at the Parc des Princes Salvatore Sirigu has, from a statistical perspective, been one of the planet’s finest custodians across the previous three seasons.
Last term he kept 19 clean sheets, made exactly three saves per goal conceded on average and shipped at a mean of 0.62 per appearance.
Les Parisiens are under increased scrutiny for frequent flaunting of financial fair play rules and are surely not going to spend big on replacing an already very able stopper.
Monaco are also reportedly keen, but would such a switch appeal to Cech?
Les Rogues et Blancs have the money to match PSG in Ligue 1, but their ambition is dwarfed by that of the capital club.
They’ve already relinquished James Rodriguez this summer and it looks as though countryman Radamel Falcao will follow, meaning another silver-medal season beckons.
A quick glance at Cech’s CV is all it takes to discern that settling for second is below him.
Courtois’ long-term fitness isn’t guaranteed to remain pristine.
The Belgian’s injury record is as good as it gets, but if he does succumb to a spell on the sidelines, Cech will stroll back into the first-team fray.