Courtois chasing Cech clash

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Chelsea's Petr Cech and Thibaut CourtoisPA PhotosThibaut Courtois (right) is eyeing Petr Cech's (left) spot at Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is refusing to return to home club Chelsea until he is given a fair shot at the No. 1 role at Stamford Bridge.

Courtois has earned plaudits in his time on loan in the Spanish capital as one of the game's best young keepers, a title that has been enhanced after the 21-year-old was named La Liga's top goalkeeper of 2012-13. Chelsea, who want Courtois to return to London next season, see the Belgium player as their long-term successor in goals, but the youngster fears he will be the backup to incumbent Petr Cech for the immediate future. And the Daily Mail is reporting that Courtois, who has been offered a contract extension to 2019 by the Blues, will refuse to sign any new agreements until he is given assurances he will be able to fight Cech fair and square for the gloves next season.

Crossing from Chelsea to Fulham, Cottagers striker Dimitar Berbatov wants out of the club and will seek a move away in the January transfer window. The Bulgarian striker, along with the club itself, has had a disappointing season so far, scoring only one league goal in the current campaign. And with only six months left on his contract, there are fears Berbatov will sneak away next month. According to the Mirror, Turkish club Trabzonspor are keen to sign the former Tottenham and Manchester United man.

Finally, Liverpool are assessing their striking options after the injury to Daniel Sturridge with the Mirror claiming that the Reds are interested in signing Burnley forward Danny Ings. The 21-year-old Ings has been a sensation this season in the Championship, propelling Burnley up the ladder to just outside the automatic promotion spots. But with Sturridge ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury, Burnley could see Ings leave for Anfield. However, don't expect Burnley to give up without a fight. Rumour is they will be chasing a hefty transfer fee.

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