It’s happy hour in the Football Transfer Tavern and after a long week of work, a group of journalists have taken residence in the bar.
Simon Johnson from The Evening Standard is one of those joining in the Saturday fun and he has brought with him some rather interesting transfer news for Chelsea supporters.
Johnson reveals that he spent the day speaking to Blues boss Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese chief informed him that Barcelona can forget about signing Thibaut Courtois in the near future contrary to recent reports.
Chelsea’s first choice keeper Petr Cech made his 300th Premier League appearance for the Blues today against Cardiff City as the young Belgian spends his third successive season on loan in La Liga with Atletico Madrid.
Courtois has been a revelation in Spain and was regarded by those in the know as the finest goalkeeper in the La Liga last season. This has created somewhat of a dilemma for Mourinho as Cech continues to perform to high standards in the Chelsea goal.
Now the youngster has been targeted in a possible switch by Barcelona with just two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. However the former Real Madrid boss maintains his position that the 21-year-old will not be sold at any price .
When asked about whether he was concerned about Barcelona’s interest in Courtois, he said: “At this moment I don’t think about it. It doesn’t worry me. Our situation is fantastic and everything is under our control.
“We control the situation. Not Barcelona, Atletico, another team who are interested in our goalkeepers.”
And as for the choice of who will be first choice in the long-term, he added: “I think it’s a good decision because I don’t think many would disagree that we have the best goalkeeper in the world and the best young goalkeeper in the world.
“It’s a very good problem. Our goal is safe and, financially, we are also very safe. Their value in the market is the value of the best. We don’t have a problem. Teams without good goalkeepers have the problem.
“Petr came here after Carlo Cudicini had been voted player of the year. He came here very young and, first game, Chelsea v Man United, a clean sheet and the first of his book full of clean sheets.
“The guy is fantastic. Again, working ethic is amazing, the way he works and the way he lives. He’s a very young goalkeeper at 30.”
Is Mourinho right to keep hold of the highly-rated young shot-stopper? Let us know your thoughts below.
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