Chelsea have received a boost with news that World Cup winner Andre Schurrle plans to stay with the club.
Chelsea's official website writes that the 23-year-old attacker has reported back for pre-season at Cobham and is looking forward to the new campaign under Jose Mourinho.
The website quotes Schurrle as saying:
I’ve had a nice holiday after some big celebrations but it’s nice to be back and now I’m highly motivated to do big things with Chelsea this season.
It will take a bit of time to get going but we have great staff here, a great team and hopefully I’ll be fit by the time the season starts.
Schurrle had been linked with a possible move to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, per Matt Law of The Telegraph, but the German international's latest words seem to allay any fears that he will not be at Stamford Bridge in the coming months.
Schurrle impressed at the World Cup in Brazil, coming off the bench six times to grab three goals, per WhoScored.com, providing the assist that won the famous gold trophy for Germany.
He now looks set to battle with Chelsea's array of attacking midfielders for a first-team berth this season.
Elsewhere, Chelsea's recently returned goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes he will start his first season in the Blues' goal as first-choice, ahead of Petr Cech.
Matt Law of The Telegraph reports the Belgian international believes he will break Cech's 10-year tenure in Chelsea's goal and that Mourinho will make him the No. 1.
Law explains that friends of Courtois say the prodigy believes he will start Chelsea's first game of the season against Burnley.
If the former Atletico Madrid loanee is correct then Paris Saint-Germain are waiting in the wings, preparing a £10 million bid for Cech, who does not want to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge, per Law.
Cech has been the undisputed No. 1 at Chelsea for a long time and last year played 34 Premier League games for Mourinho, per WhoScored.com. But his Blues' career could be about to come to an abrupt halt with Courtois' claim.
However, Courtois may find life in English football more challenging than Spain, with the physical nature of game and the constant pressure from the press.
Bleacher Report's Scott Rom highlighted this point when he tweeted:
Three goals conceded for Courtois on his debut. Is he the next top quality young keeper the English press will try and destroy next season?— Scott (@R_o_M) August 3, 2014
Whether it be this year or next, Cech is bound to be moved out by Chelsea in due course. Courtois is one of the outstanding goalkeepers in world football at present, and despite his young age he is fully capable of being No. 1 right now.
David de Gea has proved at Manchester United that age is not a boundary if you have the talent, and this could mean Courtois is indeed correct about his starter's spot.
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However, Mourinho is not an individual who has a great track record in promoting youth, and he knows exactly what he gets from Cech—one of his true leaders on and off the pitch.
Courtois might have to be patient in his early months under Mourinho, but the Special One will surely covet his young player and prepare him to take the reins for the near future.