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Chelsea 'prepared' to let Courtois compete against Cech in preseason

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An interesting tidbit from the Telegraph regarding Thibaut Courtois today: according to the paper Chelsea are 'prepared' to let him pit himself against Petr Cech for the first-choice goalkeeper position at Stamford Bridge. There are obviously no quotes associated with that bit, but it's a reasonable solution to everyone's concerns -- if Courtois beats out Cech, he'll play, if he doesn't, he can go back out on loan.

There's one important factor still in play, however: Courtois' contract expires at the end of the 2015/16 season, which means that he's only under club control for the next two years. Chelsea's priority should at this point be to get him signed to a contract extension by whatever means possible, and it's far from clear whether a promise to give him a fair shake in preseason will be enough to secure his signature.

We'll see, I guess.