De Goey - Chelsea should look to the future with Courtois as number one

Petr Cech

Ed de Goey has backed Jose Mourinho's decision to start Thibaut Courtois for Chelsea against Burnley in the Premier League on Monday night.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey has had his say on who should the be the club's number one goalkeeper this season by saying the club should look to the future, and hopes that Petr Cech tries to fight his way back into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho selected Thibaut Courtois for the 3-1 win at Burnley last night in the Premier League, with Cech taking a place on the bench.

Cech has been number one during the club's most successful years after joining the club in 2004, but Courtois - who is 10 years younger at the age of 22 - was given the nod after an impressive lengthy loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

De Goey told TalkSport: “If you have two excellent goalkeepers like you have now at Chelsea, you have to look to the future and with Thibaut Courtois, who is much younger than Cech, they are doing that.

“Petr has done very well in the last decade he has played but I think, personally, they have to look to the future. With Courtois, you have a young, promising goalkeeper, who is an excellent goalkeeper.”

There was a lot of talk ahead of last night's game over who would be the first choice goalkeeper for the Blues this season given the quality of both of them, and now Mourinho has opted for Courtois, it has fuelled speculation a little surrounding Cech's future. 

The 32-year-old has been linked with moves away from the club, with Monaco reportedly interested in securing his services, and Mourinho has admitted it will be a challenge keeping both goalkeepers happy.

Any club would love to have goalkeepers of the calibre of Cech and Courtois in their ranks and Chelsea are fortunate to have them both. If Cech does stay it could work well in terms of the standard of goalkeeping, as they would drive each other on as they fight for their place in the side. 

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