Thibaut Courtois and Andre Schurrle have expressed a desire for the club to keep Petr Cech at Chelsea.
Thibaut Courtois and Andre Schurrle have joined Jose Mourinho in expressing their desire for Petr Cech to remain at Chelsea.
Cech’s future has been thrown into question after Mourinho appears to have selected Courtois as his first choice this season, but it seems that most at the club still want him around.
Courtois started the Blues’ first game of the season, against Burnley, last night and has usurped Cech as Chelsea number one for the upcoming season.
But that does not meant that the players are hoping he goes. Cech is clearly highly regarded in the dressing room and Schurrle said last night that he was hoping that the Czech Republic international would continue to be a Chelsea player despite taking a back-seat.
“I hope Petr stays, of course,” the German World Cup winner said. “He is a great character and is very important for the team. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, one of the best. It’s his decision what he wants to do but everyone wants him to stay and with him we have a better squad.
“Of course [it shows the strength in depth of this squad], but we will need everyone because hopefully we will have 50-60 matches in all competitions. It’s always good to have so many players. There will be times during the competitions where everyone is needed.
Mourinho has one of the most unenviable tasks in football of choosing between two of the best goalkeepers in the world and there have already been suggestions that Cech will now leave the club in search for first-team football – having seen his starting place taken.
However, Mourinho has commented saying that he hopes the 32-year-old continues to fight for his place, whilst Courtois has also reportedly told Cech that he wants him to stay at the club despite the competition.
The Belgian international keeper returned from a three season loan spell with Atletico Madrid this summer and has wasted no time impressing back at Stamford Bridge – where he looks set to be a mainstay in the side for many years to come.
By displacing Cech he has taken the number one spot off a man who has monopolised the position for many seasons but, despite his apparent lack of first-team opportunities this season, Cech still has a big reputation at the club and is well thought of after his years of service.
It means that leaving would not only be a hard choice for him, but for the club too and it appears that his teammates would be very disheartened if he was to depart in search of first team football.