Cech to be sold to make Courtois Chelsea number one - report

Marca claims that Jose Mourinho wants the Belgian keeper, who has been impressive on loan at Atletico Madrid, to be number one at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will put goalkeeper Petr Cech up for sale to allow Thibaut Courtois to become the number one stopper at Stamford Bridge according to Marca.

Cech has been the first choice goalkeeper at Chelsea ever since the start of Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the Blues, but Mourinho wants the Belgian – who has been impressive during his loan spells at Atletico Madrid since 2011 – to be his regular starter in the coming season.

Mourinho could have had both Courtois and Cech at his disposal but wants to avoid a situation similar to that of his Real Madrid days when he signed Diego Lopez to play ahead of long-term number one at the Bernabeu Iker Casillas.

The report suggests that the indications were Courtois would stay at Atletico after an appearance in the mixed zone after their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, where he said he would make a decision about his future. But when Chelsea were drawn with the Spanish side, Mourinho is said to have ‘wooed’ him, saying he would like him to be the first choice for Chelsea.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of 22-year-old Courtois. With his best years still ahead of him, if he became the number one goalkeeper, the chances are he will be there for a long time – very much like Cech.

At 32, Cech is likely to still hold some value in the transfer market, so if Chelsea were to cash in now they would probably get a reasonable deal, with his contract running until 2016.

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