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Petr Cech could quit Chelsea following Thibaut Courtois decision

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Cech wants assurances from Mourinho.
Cech wants assurances from Mourinho..

Petr Cech will seek assurances from Jose Mourinho over his Chelsea future after Thibaut Courtois was selected ahead of him for the tie against Burnley, reports The Daily Mail.

The goalkeeper was forced to sit on the bench at Turf Moor in what represented the first time in an 11 year stint at Stamford Bridge that Cech was not Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper.

Silent treatment

Cech's problems may not have stemmed from the fact that he was dropped by because Mourinho refused to discuss his decision with Cech prior to the game. The silent treatment, which goes against what the Chelsea manager said in public has riled the Czech Republic international.

There is now serious doubt with regards to Cech's future.

Future talks

Having confirmed that Courtois will be his number one for the opening games of the season, Mourinho said he is hopeful of keeping Cech at the club. However, Cech seems unwilling to sit on the bench for what should be the prime of his career and will seek crunch talks with the Chelsea manager before the transfer window closes.

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The 32-year-old is still considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world and will have plenty of offers should he decide to quit Chelsea. The only sticking point could be his £100,000-a-week wages, which may narrow his choices down to a select few clubs.

Interested clubs

If Cech decides to quit Chelsea both PSG and Monaco look set to move for the goalkeeper first. The Ligue 1 outfits are both funded by rich benefactors and would have no problem meeting Cech's wage demands.

Although Mourinho wants to keep him at the club, Chelsea need to offload one foreign player before the start of the season. They could also do with getting Cech's wages off the books in order to strengthen their financial position with Uefa's Financial Fair Play rule looming over them. A £10 million offer would be enough to tempt them into a sale.

Both PSG and Monaco may face a formidable foe if Real Madrid decide to increase what appears to be tentative interest. Iker Casillas's future is in doubt at the Bernabeu and Carlo Ancelotti could move for Cech if the Spaniard's position becomes untenable.

Courtois exit

Mourinho's decision may have been influenced by Courtois's admission that he would have left Chelsea if he had not been selected as the first choice goalkeeper. Courtois, 22, returned from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid and has been holding back on extending his contract, which expires in 2016, until he was sure he would be first choice.

“I know that Petr is a great goalkeeper, so there is a lot competition," he is quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.

"But when you come back from a successful loan, you hope to play. Otherwise, it would maybe have been better for me to go to another team."

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Chelsea
Petr Cech
Premier League
Real Madrid
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