Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has responded to claims made by Thibaut Courtois that Petr Cech is on the verge of retirement due to injury problems.
The 19-year-old who signed from Genk in the summer as potential competition to the Czech shot-stopper, claimed that the Chelsea No.1 is running out of time as he struggles with recurring back and knee injuries.
But the Blue’s boss has hit back at these claims, categorically putting an end to Belgian’s comments, telling reporters: "A statement has come out from Courtois' people and agent.
“He has been misled on his information and he was unfortunate in his quotes. End of story."
Courtois is currently on loan with Atletico Madrid, filling the void for David de Gea who joined Manchester United in the summer, and is looking to extend his loan spell at the Spanish club before returning to Stamford Bridge as Cech’s replacement.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas believes this year's Premier League is one of the closest ever, and claimed he is "desperate" for all three points against QPR at the weekend, with the two Manchester clubs taking each other on at the top of the table.
"It's much more competitive - not in the sense of taking the merit off what has been done in the past," said Villas-Boas.
"The second Premier League title that Chelsea won, it was eight games, eight wins, and the (final) points total was a record.
"But more teams now look as if they are in title contention.
He added: "For us to profit, we need to get our own three points. I need those three points - desperately."