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It rumbled on all summer, but now we have our answer—Thibaut Courtois is going to be Chelsea's No. 1 goalkeeper for the coming season.
For a man of Petr Cech's quality, it is a bitter pill to swallow.
The Czech stopper is still among the world's leading goalkeepers and knows he is more than capable of lining up for the Blues.
In Courtois, though, Jose Mourinho sees Chelsea's future. The 22-year-old is ready to take the reins now.
Where does it leave Cech?
At the moment, on the bench.
We understand enough about his character to know Cech isn't going to be causing problems for Mourinho, although the media scrutiny surrounding the decision to pick Courtois over him is going to intensify as the season progresses.
Ideally Chelsea would keep Cech to strengthen their squad further. However, with him not playing, the focus on him could well prove negative.
Every week Mourinho will be facing questions about Cech. If Courtois makes an error, will he be dropped for Cech?
It will be endless.
Besides, Chelsea have one too many overseas players in the squad and need to lose one before the transfer window closes.