Jose Mourinho says he hopes Petr Cech will decide to stay at Chelsea despite losing his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois in the opening Premier League victory against Burnley.
Cech watched from the bench at Turf Moor as Courtois took to the field. Chelsea went 1-0 down after Scott Arfield opened the scoring, but the Blues came through to win 3-1 in a dominant display.
Despite the reassuring display, the biggest story of the night was Courtois being chosen over Cech. Cech has been Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper for 10 years, but it appears Courtois, who is 10 years his younger, is going to be Mourinho's number one.
Attention will now turn to whether Cech will leave Stamford Bridge. With wages of £100,000-a-week and Mourinho needed to shift a foreign player from his squad, the 32-year-old is favourite to be shoved out of the exit door.
Mourinho doesn't want to sell
Both Real Madrid and PSG have been linked with a £10 million bid for Cech, but Mourinho is hoping that the veteran decides to stay with the Blues despite the limited playing time on offer.
He told reporters: "Petr Cech was disappointed but football is sometimes like this, players can often be unhappy and be unhappy with managers.
"But between the group of players and their mates they have to be supportive.
"I hope he doesn't want to go and I hope he doesn't have offers to go and if he does have offers he refuses to go.
Will Cech leave?
Mourinho has claimed that Chelsea third choice Mark Schwarzer is ready to be the second choice if required. The Australian agreed a new deal in the summer and covered for Cech when injured last season.
Cech's representative, Viktor Kolar, has also hinted at an exit for his client would seek a fresh start should he lose his place in Chelsea's starting line up. However, he did admit that only a handful of clubs could afford his wages.
Speaking to reporters in July, he said: "We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available [for transfer]. If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world's top goalkeepers and has a certain salary."
"There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we're discussing two or three clubs in the world. The situation has developed in a way, of course, but for now he is staying at Chelsea.
"Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest, and we have also communicated with Monaco.
"I would get in touch with (Andoni) Zubizarreta (Barcelona sporting director) and people at Real Madrid. These are clubs we would consider if Chelsea wanted to get rid of Petr."
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