Spanish newspaper Marca has suggested Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois is going through a mental battle over his allegiances ahead of next season.
The pro-Madrid news source has also claimed that Chelsea have withdrawn permission for the Belgian to stay on loan at Atletico Madrid for a fourth consecutive season, presenting the best sign yet that he could be made Chelsea number one for next year.
“Permission from Chelsea for him to put in a fourth season there has been withdrawn, and Mourinho wants him back as soon as possible. Cech's injury, and the consequent operation, has led to a significant shift in stance,” reports Marca.
Jose Mourinho appears to want the option of having Courtois ready to start the Premier League season, in light of Petr Cech’s shoulder injury, which he ironically picked up against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The problem is that Courtois has made it clear he wants to be Chelsea’s number one and not a temporary solution until Cech returns to full fitness and takes his place back in the side.
Mourinho showed last season in the case of Ashley Cole and Juan Mata, before he was sold, that he has no problems leaving talented players on the bench if they don’t dance to his tune.
Courtois has accepted that a situation similar to the goalkeepers at Real Madrid could break out, with one playing league games and the other playing domestic cup and Champions League matches.
However, while he’s accepted that could happen, it’s not something he’s open to.
“Going to Chelsea to play only in the FA Cup and the League Cup is not an option. I've said it lots of times. We'll find a solution. I don't think it will be good to have two keepers like Cech and me in the same team.”
While Chelsea may have withdrawn their permission for a fourth loan spell, it may only be temporary because of Cech is fit to start the season, there’s no point having Courtois warming the bench in West London and alienating him in the process.