The Telegraph reports that Chelsea will allow Petr Cech to leave the club this summer if he is not prepared to be the understudy to Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois is currently on loan at Champions League finalists and Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid, where he has developed into one of the world’s top stoppers over the last three years.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reportedly wants the Belgian to return to the club at the end of the season and has offered him a new five year contract to stay with Chelsea. But Mourinho faces a dilemma by having to choose between two of the world’s top goalkeepers to fill one position.
It is believed that Mourinho would prefer to sell Cech for upwards of £10m in either the summer or January transfer window, as he considers 22-year-old Courtois as Chelsea’s man for the future.
31-year-old Cech has been Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper for nearing ten years, and despite his age many think that the Czech still has his best years ahead of him. He has support at Chelsea from owner Roman Abramovich, but negotiations will take place after the Champions League final on May 24th to decide where Courtois will play his football next season.
If he returns to the Bridge, he may go straight in as number one because of Cech’s current shoulder injury. Chelsea are weighing up their options with both goalkeepers, but either a permanent move for Cech or a loan deal away from Chelsea are currently viable options.
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