Petr Cech’s future has been wrapped up in uncertainty ever since it was confirmed that Thibaut Courtois will be part of the Chelsea squad for the 2014-15 season.
Belgium international Courtois joined the Blues from Genk in the summer of 2011 and has been on loan at Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid for the past three years.
At Atletico, the 22-year-old established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Courtois also featured in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid and at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for Belgium.
Now the youngster is back at Chelsea and started the London club’s first Premier League game of the season on Monday – a 3-1 victory over Burnley away from home.
Although Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Cech will remain in his squad, speculation on the future of the 32-year-old persists.
There have been calls for Cech to leave Stamford Bridge after 10 years of service to the former Champions League winners, as he is unlikely to be able to compete with Courtois, who is promising enough to become the best goalkeeper on the planet in the coming years.
Former Leeds United and Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn believes that Cech has the quality to play for Chelsea until he is 40, but predicts that he could move away from the club in January.
‘Cech has been a great servant for Chelsea, he’s a Chelsea man so maybe he will be a little bit more patient because of the time he’s been there’, the 48-year-old former England international told talkSPORT. ‘But I don’t see him sitting on the bench for more than a few months.
‘I think by the time it gets close to the [January] transfer window he’ll already be thinking about whether he should be looking for a move away.
‘He’ll just want to be playing games. He’s 32, he could still play around eight seasons in Chelsea’s first team, so it’s not as though he’s coming to the end of his career. He’s still got a long way to go and he’ll just want to play at the highest level he can’.
Martyn’s prediction of what Cech could do about his future sounds credible. Although at the moment it does seem that Courtois is the first choice, a few mistakes from the youngster could easily hand the number one spot between the posts to the former Rennes and Sparta Prague star.
Cech is a world-class goalkeeper – one of the best in the world – and due to his relationship with Chelsea, he could remain patient until January and then decide on his next move.
However, given that the Czech Republic international could be cup-tied and not be able to play in the Champions League in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, the biggest European teams may not be willing to sign him for a hefty price in the middle of the season.