There were some suggestions over the summer that veteran Chelsea backup goalkeeper Asmir Begović could be leaving Chelsea after just one season, with supposed interest especially strong from Everton who had waved goodbye to long-time netminder Tim Howard. The Toffees (and new manager Ronald Koeman) ended up signing and giving the starter's job to the veteran Maarten Stekelenburg who had been with Koeman while on loan at Southampton the season prior.
Everton weren't the only team possibly interested in the Premier League-proven Begović however, but as the man himself tells it, he was never really anywhere close to leaving thanks to Antonio Conte's persuasive abilities.
"It was a clear situation. He made it clear, his philosophy. I never talked about leaving."
"Of course I want to play but at a big club you also have to accept you are part of a squad going for several trophies, different cups and be part of a big group. It's nice that the manager wants you to be part of that. We have three top keepers."
"We train hard, we need to stay at the top of our games."
-Asmir Begović; source: Express
Even back towards the end of last season, Begović had talked about wanting to play for Conte, and he maintained that sentiment throughout the summer. It's impossible to stop the rumor mill of course with just common sense — you never really know in football, after all — but Begović played a fair bit last season thanks to Courtois's injury and he's getting all the Cup minutes so far this season. He remains a solid if unspectacular option in goal (errors vs. Leicester City aside), which is just about perfect for a backup.