Jose Mourinho will reportedly talk with Thibaut courtois over his future after the Champions League final this month.
Jose Mourinho looks set to give loan star Thibaut Courtois exactly what he wants, a chance to be the number one at Chelsea next season.
The Daily Mail has suggested the Portuguese coach has put a timeframe in place to try and sort out Courtois’ future, which is currently still in a state of relative doubt ahead of the World Cup.
“The Special One is due to meet with the 21-year-old in the days after the all-Madrid Champions League final on May 24, where he will tell Courtois he wants him to play for Chelsea next season,” writes the Daily Mail.
Courtois has made it clear to Chelsea that he doesn’t want to return to the club unless he has a fair crack at the number one slot, which is fair enough considering his progress as a player at Atletico Madrid over the last three-years.
Recent reports suggested that Mourinho would be looking to tie Courtois down on a new long term deal before loaning him back to Atletico for another season, allowing Petr Cech a final season at the club.
However, Mourinho seems keen to avoid the possibility of going into pre-season without an established number one due to the recent injury suffered by Cech in the Champions League semi-final, ironically against Atletico Madrid.
Cech is now ruled out of action for ten weeks which means he can’t start the slow process of recovery until the Blues enter their pre-season schedule.
Things should go smoothly but regardless of an unproblematic comeback, the sequence of events allows Courtois to start the build up to the new season as Chelsea’s number one, giving him exactly what he wants.
In short, Mourinho is going to have to annoy one of his goalkeepers this summer, it’s just a case of whether it’s the one who could serve the club for the next 15-years or the one who could carry on playing at the highest level for another five or six-years.
Courtois could find Mourinho’s ‘personal plea’ encouraging because it’s a demonstration of just how much he is rated and valued by the club that currently owns him.
Should he get that chance as Chelsea’s number one then he will back it up.