Jose Mourinho confirms Courtois return, thoughts on Costa and contracts

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Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's clash with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Thibaut Courtois will return to the starting XI for the Blues this week against either Bournemouth or for the crucial Champions League group game against Porto.

Courtois has been sidelined for three months because of a serious knee injury but will be part of the squad for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge, while Asmir Begovic has deputised.

John Terry, Ramires and Radamel Falcao are still out through injury, while Nemanja Matic will play despite suffering a double fracture to his nose in the draw with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. 

Speaking about the return of Courtois, Mourinho told reporters at his press conference, as shown on the club's TV channel: "He was our goalkeeper all last season and we know how fundamental he was for us so it's very important we have him back.

"19 matches without the best goalkeeper in the world was hard for us. Now we're in the situation where we have the best and a very good one.

"Sooner or later he will be my number one, if he doesn't play against Bournemouth he will play against Porto."

Mourinho was also asked about Diego Costa after he appeared to throw a bib in the direction of the manager during last week's draw with Spurs, and that he was pictured along with two teammates in the early hours of the morning coming out of a nightclub.

The Chelsea boss was amused by the story, saying the entire team was on a night out: "I think the paparazzi had a problem with their memory cards... He got three guys when he could've got 25.

"It was almost a free night for them and we know that and we choose the week without three matches, a week where everything was calm."

There seem to be no questions about the attitude of Costa despite a relatively poor start to the season for the forward and so called bibgate, as Mourinho seems impressed with the Spain internationals' work on the training ground.

"I cannot say better than ever because normally he trains very well but it's been a good week for him.

"He trained very well and that's the only thing that matters for him. 

"I think he'll always try to give his best, sometimes playing phenomenal other times not so well but he is a player that always tries."  

The Blues boss said the new contract signed by Gary Cahill is very good for the club but said it was too early to discuss deals for fellow defenders Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.

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