London: Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants Petr Cech to remain at the club, having apparently supplanted him in coach Jose Mourinho`s goalkeeping hierarchy.
Courtois`s return from a three-year loan at Atletico Madrid sparked conjecture about which goalkeeper Mourinho would select as his number one, and it was the 22-year old Belgian who started in Monday`s 3-1 win at Burnley.
There is now speculation that 32-year-old Cech, who joined Chelsea 10 years ago, may seek to leave Stamford Bridge, but Courtois hopes to benefit from the Czech international`s experience.
"I want him to stay. Even if he doesn`t play, he can be a lot of help to me in training," Courtois said, in comments published by several British media outlets on Wednesday.
"I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience. He can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know at 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 it 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."
Mourinho has declared that he wants Cech to stay and fight for his place.