When a player takes the job of a club legend, they better be sticking around.
Thibaut Courtois, 22, won the starting goalkeeper job at Chelsea away from Petr Cech, and now is committing his future to the Stamford Bridge club.
And the backstop, on international duty with his club, says that there’s no hostility from his veteran backup, though the two haven’t had a conversation about it (which seems odd).
From Sky Sports:
Courtois told Sky Sports: “It’s not yet signed. I am here with the national team so it is difficult, but when I am back at Chelsea I will probably sign the new contract.”
Courtois has ousted the long-serving Czech from Mourinho’s plans and admits he has no intention of letting his more experienced colleague get another look in.
He said: “We don’t talk about the situation, but of course I know he has played 10 years at Chelsea and that now I am playing and for him it’s not the nicest situation. But that is the decision of the board and the trainer.
“He is working hard in training to be ready when I cannot play or I am maybe not playing well. We work well together.”
None of this is a surprise, but it’s certainly welcome for Blues supporters. When a player of Cech’s caliber is displaced, even with the move’s temporary potential, the man who turned over the apple cart better be ready to commit long-term.