Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Jose Mourinho may opt to get rid of Petr Cech this summer.
Cech, who faces stiff competition for the No. 1 jersey from Belgium international Thibaut Courtois next season, remains a reliable goalkeeper but has made several uncharacteristic errors this season.
On Wednesday night, for example, the 31-year-old allowed Javier Pastore’s effort to beat him at his near post, as Paris Saint-Germain recorded a 3-1 victory over the Blues in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino feels Mourinho will revamp his playing squad this summer, and picked out Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard as two players in danger of being moved on at Stamford Bridge. He also named Cech, who could decide to leave the club if he loses his first-team place to Courtois.
“I think there are a good number of positions up for grabs at Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s spot in central midfield, he’s 35 now and even the goalkeeper [Petr Cech]. I’m not convinced Jose Mourinho will keep him next year,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. “Then you have the problems with the forwards. He [Mourinho] has to change it around.”
Courtois was named the best goalkeeper in La Liga last season and is now regarded as one of the world’s best in his position, despite the fact he is still a month away from his 22nd birthday.
There has been speculation that the commanding shot-stopper, who has been on loan with Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons, could spend a fourth campaign away from his parent club at the Vicente Calderon.
However, there are many who believe Courtois is already a better goalkeeper than Cech, and Mourinho has a difficult decision to make this summer.
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