Courtois won the well-documented battle of the summer, being named as Jose Mourinho’s starting ‘keeper for the Premier League campaign.
Whilst Stamford Bridge veteran Cech has appeared once in the top flight this term - coming on as a first-half substitute for an injured Courtois in the victory over Arsenal - and frequently appearing in the League Cup and the Champions League, it is highly likely that the Czech international will not make a Premier League start this season - except in the circumstances of injury to Courtois.
Despite being a fan favourite in West London, many Blues fans accept that Cech had started to decline, and, with 22-year-old Courtois considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, they were pleased to see the Belgian international claim the starting XI position at the opening of the season.
However, his inclusion in Mourinho’s plans has reportedly been the catalyst for Cech to leave Stamford Bridge - something fans do not want to see - and, although the 32-year-old is professional enough to remain where he is needed, Courtois told Get West London that he would leave if he were placed in the same situation as Cech is currently occupying.
“As a goalkeeper you want to play,” the 25-capped international said.
“If I was in that situation where I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too.
“I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.”
With Cech’s high ability, he is still guaranteed playing time this season, with Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup progression expected for the Blues. Whilst it may not be enough to satiate his need completely, there is no doubting that the stopper will act as professional as he always has - and be there to fill the gap whenever he is needed.