Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois says he wants deposed number one Petr Cech to stay with the club – because he can help the young Belgian become a better goalie.
There was a feeling of a new order taking effect in the Chelsea ranks on Monday night, as Cech was dropped to the bench for the man 10 years his junior to be slotted into Jose Mourinho's team to play Burnley.
But there was absolutely no triumphalism from Courtois after the 3-1 win, with the 22-year-old insisting he wants Cech to stay and challenge him for the number one shirt.
“Of course, in training I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience,” said Courtois.
“He can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know in the start. He is nice to me. We are training very well and he is still proving he is a great goalkeeper.
“For the team is better for us to have two good goalkeepers. I don’t have a problem if he stays. Hopefully I can play well and stay in the team.”
Courtois also revealed that, despite weeks of speculation, the two keepers only learned who would start at Turf Moor an hour before kick off.
“He said it an hour before the game,” the Belgian said of boss Mourinho.
“It was nice. I came here obviously to play. I know that Petr is a great goalkeeper so there is a lot competition, but when you come back from a successful loan you hope to play.
“Otherwise, it would maybe have been better for me to go to another team.
“It is nice that he put faith in me and it is for me now to prove his faith is right. I need to work hard in every training session and game to gain the confidence of my team-mates and the manager.”
Cech did not speak to the media post-match at Burnley – not at all unusual for a non-playing substitute.
However, rumours persistently link him with a move to either Paris Saint-German or Monaco in the French League, or to Real Madrid – managed by former boss Carlo Ancelotti.