Veteran Blues stopper eager to hold onto number one spot.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has laid the gauntlet down to young pretender Thibaut Courtois by telling him that he does not fear competition for places next season, the Metro reports.
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The Czech shot stopper has come in for criticism recently, while the young Belgian has been in fine form for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid for the third season running.
Cech has been partially blamed for his side’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, which leaves the Blues with a huge uphill battle in Tuesday’s second leg.
And reports have surfaced lately that Chelsea will be willing to let Courtois challenge for a first team spot next term and Cech has seemingly risen to the challenge by telling him; “bring it on”.
“If, on the first day of pre-season, Thibaut Courtois is here, he is here,” Cech said.
“If he is not, he is not. It does not change anything. I will still have to do better than whoever else is here, to keep my place. It doesn’t change anything for me.
“If he comes back and he’s better than me, credit to him, well done to him, but who knows? I’m not afraid. I’m not a fool to think I’ve been here 10 years and I’ll be here another five, just because.
“I am not playing because my name is Petr Cech. I’m playing because I’ve been playing well and because the manager thinks it improves the team with me in goal. I’ve never had a manager who would just put me in the goal because everybody was used to seeing me there.
“Are you good? Are you not? I’m not crazy to think in another 10 years I will just be playing. There will come a day when somebody comes along who is better than me. That’s it. But my everyday fight is to avoid that as long as I can. This is football life. Let’s see.”
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