Jamie Carragher revealed on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that he can’t see goalkeeper Petr Cech being a Chelsea player come September 2.
Jose Mourinho showed his hand last night when he selected Thibaut Courtois to start ahead of the experienced Czech and the former Liverpool defender believes the writing is on the wall for the long serving Chelsea icon.
“We’re talking about a guy (Courtois) who could be Chelsea’s goalkeeper for the next 10-15 years – I just can’t see Cech being at the club past the next two weeks,” said Carragher.
Mourinho has said that he hopes Cech will stay and fight with Courtois for game time and has described the situation as similar to when he first arrived at the club and challenged Carlo Cudicini.
“Ten years ago I also had a very difficult decision to make when we had (Carlo) Cudicini giving fantastic performances in Chelsea's goal for many years. I had in my hands a 22-year-old goalkeeper I thought could be in Chelsea's goals for years and years and years and this situation is quite similar,” said Mourinho.
Courtois’ all round game against Burnley looked solid and he didn’t put a foot wrong against a side that looked to get under his skin physically to try and give themselves an advantage.
He couldn’t really do anything about Burnley’s goal, which was a sweet strike from distance and he looks extremely confident in his own ability to play at the highest level for the club over the coming years.
For Cech he has to decide whether to push for a move away, Mourinho is unlikely to stop him, or whether to stay and compete for his place.
This early indication suggests that if he stays, he could be confined to appearances in domestic cup games and matches where Mourinho feels Courtois needs a rest from his normal league duties.
The situation could become similar to what we’ve seen at Real Madrid where Carlo Ancelotti has rotated Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas regularly.
If Cech decides he wants to leave then there will be a huge queue of clubs trying to get him because he’s a top, experienced goalkeeper with plenty of years left in him at the top level.