Courtois: Give me two years and I'll oust Cech as Chelsea No 1
17:05 GMT, 19 February 2013
17:28 GMT, 19 February 2013
On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes he will wear the number one jersey at Stamford Bridge in 2015.
With Chelsea's current first choice keeper Petr Cech showing no signs of a dip in form, the statement certainly reveals the confidence of the Belgian international.
Courtios is currently on his second season-long loan at Athletico Madrid and has been in magnificent form since replacing David De Gea at the Vicente Calderon.
Man on a mission: Thibaut Courtois claims he will be ready to replace Petr Cech in 2015
But the 20-year-old has been reassured by Chelsea that he is not for sale despite their reported interest in Jack Butland in January before his move to Stoke City.
‘Cech is one of the best goalkeepers
in the world, and I think I am an up and coming young talent with the
quality maybe also to play for Chelsea,' Courtois told the Evening Standard.
'They will continue with Cech for two more years, I believe.
Still going strong: Cech was heroic in Cheslea's Champions League final penalty shootout in May
'The problem is I think that Chelsea didn’t expect me to be at this level this soon. I’ve developed really quickly. It’s a very good situation for Chelsea.'
When quizzed about reports he would be used a makeweight as part of a deal to bring in Colombian striker Ramadel Falcao in the summer, he said: 'A lot of things the press say are nonsense. They are guessing.
'They know Chelsea want Falcao but Chelsea have told me, “The last thing we want to do is sell you”. Maybe they are lying to me but I don’t think so.
Speculation: Courtois believes the prospect of him being used in a deal for Chelsea to sign Ramadel Falcao is pure fiction
'It was strange joining Chelsea but when I signed for them I knew I would be loaned out to a team. They had a five-year plan for me.
'I only went to Chelsea to take my medical. I then went straight to Atletico and had a good year so I preferred to stay for another year.'
Chelsea must now consider how best to manage the young Belgian's development whilst Cech remains at the peak of his powers.
The Czech stopper penned a new contract in May that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2016, one year before Courtois plans to oust him as the undisputed first choice.