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Ever since the arrival of Petr Cech from Rennes in 2004, the one position on the field where Chelsea didn’t have to focus on strengthening was the goalkeeper’s. Cech’s unwavering presence between the posts gives fans a sense of relief that any shot, however ferocious it might be, would be stopped. One cannot think of anyone else taking up that role. This makes the apparent incompetence of the shot stoppers waiting in the wings pretty irrelevant.
Cech is 31 years old and still has plenty good years in him, however, the Blues have a worthy successor for the Czech international waiting to take over the reins should Cech drop his form. Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at the Vicente Calderon for two years since his arrival from Racing Genk in 2011.
He has been an integral part of the Atletico Madrid first team and has put in incredible performance for the Copa del Rey champions this season. With 20 clean sheets this season, he is far more consistent than any other keeper in the La Liga. He also won the Best Keeper of the Season award for his sterling performances.
The 22 year old Belgian has expressed his desire to stay with the Rojiblancos for another season, stating that he would like to improve his trade to better challenge Cech’s starting spot and also be in contention to be Belgium’s No.1 in the coming World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Chelsea are looking to make use of this stardom and Courtois’ desire to stay in Madrid to their advantage. The Pensioners, as reported by The Daily Mail, have requested a sum £1 million fee to facilitate a loan deal for the third year on the trot. With the contracts of the back up keepers Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario running out of contract this June, the hierarchy at the Bridge will be looking to bring in a temporary reserve keeper for the season.
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