Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said that it
would be understandable if fellow Blues shot-stopper
Petr Cech decided to leave the club this summer.
Despite enjoying a near-uninterrupted spell as the
Blues No.1 for a number of years, Cech was usurped
by his younger counterpart last season and totalled
just six Premier League starts for the champions as
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opted for Courtois as
his preferred man between the sticks.
Cech has been linked moves to Arsenal and Manchester United, and despite the healthy
relationship he has with the veteran, Courtois admits he would understand it if he were to leave.
"Petr is a fantastic guy and I worked really well with him," Courtois told reporters.
"When you look at Petr's quality there is no doubt that he is one of the best in the world and I
think we pushed each other to a higher level.
"I think we have seen in the games for Chelsea that if I was not playing he was playing and he
saved the team as well. So I think it was a very good year for Chelsea.
"If he stays I am happy. If he leaves I understand as well."
Courtois is currently on international duty with Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard as Belgium
prepare to face Wales on Friday in a key Euro 2016 qualifier.