Courtois hopes Cech stays at Chelsea

Petr Cech solo

Thibaut Courtois can understand why Petr Cech would want to leave Chelsea following his demotion to the bench, but the Belgian goalkeeper hopes his teammate stays at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he’s enjoying working with Petr Cech and hopes the veteran stays long-term at Stamford Bridge.

Cech, 32, had been Chelsea’s undisputed first-choice since joining from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million, making 479 appearances during his 10 seasons in North London, while winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League.

Jose Mourinho, however, opted to hand the number one job to the promising Courtois for the start of the new campaign, following three seasons spent on loan at Atletico Madrid, fuelling speculation of an imminent departure for the Czech Republic international.

The Belgian, though, believes it’s been an invaluable experience working with such a reputable teammate, and insists that he’s relished competing for the spot between the sticks thus far.

‘We don’t really talk about the situation together, but of course I know he’s played 10 years at Chelsea and so, while I’m first-choice, it’s maybe not the nicest thing for him,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘But it’s the decision of the club and of the manager, and he’s working really hard in training to be ready for when I can’t play or if my form dips. We work very well together and I hope it continues.’

Courtois is reportedly set to be rewarded for claiming the number one jersey with a new contract, while Cech’s future in North London evidently hangs in the balance, despite a move failing to materalise over the past few weeks.

Still one of the top keepers in the game, he is sure to have a host of major teams courting his signature if he does demand a transfer come the winter transfer window but, as an undoubted club legend, it will be a tough decision for the Blues to let him go.

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