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Jul 28, 2014

Petr Cech to stay and fight

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop weighs in on the upcoming goalkeeping battle between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois.

Petr Cech has rubbished suggestions that he could leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window with Thibaut Courtois back at the club after a three-year loan at Atletico Madrid.

- Head-to-Head: Courtois or Cech?

Cech, who has been linked with a return to France with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, joined Chelsea 10 years ago from Rennes and he has been a mainstay between the sticks throughout the most successful period in the club's history.

The Czech Republic international has won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups with Chelsea.

Highly rated Belgium international Courtois is expected to be first choice this season but the 32-year-old Cech is not prepared to walk away from Stamford Bridge without a fight.

Only on Saturday Cech had suggested he would re-evaluate his position should Courtois start the season ahead of him in the pecking order. But now he has insisted the competition for a place in the team will be healthy.

"I'm staying at Chelsea, that for sure," Cech told Ekipa24. "I really don't mind that there are two great keepers at Chelsea. That motivates me even more.

"You always have to fight if you want to be on a great level. And there is not only Courtois and me, even Matej Delac [Chelsea's 21-year-old Croatian goalkeeper] is showing that he is a great keeper."

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