London : Jose Mourinho knows he faces a tough job keeping both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea when he finally decides which will be the club’s number one goalkeeper.
On Friday, Mourinho described the pair as two of the best three goalkeepers in the world and revealed he has yet to announce his line-up for the opening Premier League game at newly-promoted Burnley.
Cech, 32, has been the established first choice for the last 10 years but finds himself under pressure from Courtois, 22, who is back at Stamford Bridge after spending the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid.
“In this moment I don’t want to think about it. There is not an offer, so not a possibility. I’m working with them and I told them as a group, everyone of my players in the squad I’m happy to have them.
“I’m not waiting for anything. It’s not good to analyse something that isn’t on the table. Every manager in the world would like to have Courtois and Cech.”
“The market is open and experience says we never can say what will happen.
“The only thing I can say is in this moment they are working well and hard and we are so happy to have them both. I prefer to analyse this in that perspective. During the season if one is definitely my first choice I have to support and stimulate the other one. I can’t have one of these incredible goalkeepers on the bench three or four months waiting for a Capital One Cup game. I have to stimulate the competition and I have to praise some top goalkeeper which is not my first choice.” —AFP