Jose Mourinho believes goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will start next season at
Stamford Bridge and compete with Petr Cech for Chelsea’s
No 1 spot.
Courtois has been loaned to Atletico Madrid since joining Chelsea from Genk in
2011 and has two years remaining on his contract.
The 21-year-old does not want to return to Chelsea to sit on the bench and has
stalled over signing a new deal before discovering if he can win a
first-team starting place under manager Mourinho.
Atletico and Madrid rivals Real are both interested in keeping Courtois in
Spain, but Mourinho claims the Belgian will be a Chelsea player.
Asked if Courtois will be at Chelsea next season, Mourinho replied: “I believe
so, I don’t think he will be loaned out. We don’t struggle to keep him
because he has two more years on his contract. I don’t need to give any
assurances to any player.
“A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea.
Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition.”
Captain John Terry will return from injury for Saturday’s Premier
League clash against Everton
and midfielder Oscar will be recalled after dropping to the substitutes’
bench for the FA Cup defeat by Manchester
Mourinho feels Brazilian Oscar has struggled to acclimatise to the stormy
weather of recent weeks and hopes the sun will be shining at Stamford
“Oscar’s a young guy,” Mourinho said. “He’s not a physically strong man. He
suffers with the accumulation of matches. He suffers with the difficult
weather we had. It was the first time he’d played so many matches under
difficult conditions. He’s a kid.
“Oscar is the kind of guy, the talent is there all the time, who needs to be
in top physical condition to express the quality he has. I can imagine Oscar
in three, four, five years. I think we can all imagine in this moment it’s
“Maybe in the last couple of matches he was not the same because he was the
best player at the beginning of the season. He was making the difference in
the first three four months of the competition.”
Mourinho called what may prove to be a temporary ceasefire in his war of words
with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger
by refusing to answer any questions that were not about his squad of Chelsea
The Portuguese replied “no” or “no comment” on a range of subjects including
Pellegrini, Wenger, the midweek Champions League games, Everton manager
Roberto Martínez, Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney’s new Manchester United
Martínez believes managers such as Mourinho are unable to adopt a “romantic”
football philosophy at the world’s richest clubs because of the pressure for
instant results. Martínez hopes to demonstrate the differences in style
between himself and the Portuguese against Chelsea.
“When you have clubs with bigger budgets, the only thing that matters is
winning, isn’t it? You have to win. Your role is judged on winning,”
Martínez said. “I’m a bit more of a romantic. The way we win dictates how
far we can go, but I’m in no position to dictate to other clubs.”
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