One of the ongoing discussions of the summer has been over Chelsea's goalkeeper situation. Petr Cech has been the undoubted first choice stopper for the Blues for ten years now, having joined from French side Rennes back in 2004, and has gone onto make almost 500 appearances during his time in West London.
Now 32, Cech's position has been threatened by the up-and-coming Belgian Thibaut Courtois, who signed for Chelsea in 2011, only to be sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid for three years. Now back at Stamford Bridge with his reputation as the world's top young goalkeeper firmly established following strong La Liga and World Cup campaigns, Courtois had always looked the favourite given Cech's uncharacteristically shaky end to last season.
Both keepers were given almost equal playing time in pre-season friendlies, and manager Jose Mourinho vowed to keep the identity of his first choice stopper a secret until their first game of the season against newly-promoted Burnley on Monday night - and it was Courtois who got the nod, and he didn't disappoint with a strong display against the Clarets.
The 22-year-old's selection set tongues wagging over Cech's future; would the Czech Republic international be content with a place on the bench? Would he be sold before the transfer deadline? Could he wrestle back the No. 1 jersey from Courtois?
Whilst the first two questions still need answering, the latter appears to have been addressed with the news that Chelsea are poised to hand Courtois a new five-year contract, which would see his weekly wage triple to £90,000. The likes of Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid had been linked with moves for Courtois earlier this summer, but the new contract ties the former Genk youngster down for some time yet.
It's quite the vote of confidence from Mourinho; Courtois has spent the last three years away from Chelsea but has now not only dislodged the ten-year starter, but also landed himself a huge new contract in the process. It's clear now that Courtois is undoubted first choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge - once and for all.