Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech can resurrect his career with Serie A giants AS Roma.
The Czech Republic international has fallen down the pecking order following the return of Thibaut Courtois from Atletico Madrid, and is unlikely to dislodge the Belgian whilst at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho will want to keep one of the club’s stalwarts, but may have to move him on with the 32-year-old unlikely to accept playing second fiddle at such a pivotal stage in his career.
If Cech does depart the Premier League for Serie A it will signal the end of a trophy-laden time in the capital.
After signing from Rennes in the summer of 2004 he immediately established himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper, thrusting Carlo Cudicini from the side and helping the Blues to two consecutive titles under Mourinho’s stewardship.
A head injury threatened to bring about an early end to his career, but he recovered and even when the Portuguese left the club continued to be the first pick between the sticks under the various managers that followed.
A third league title followed in 2010 – ending Manchester United’s spell of domestic dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson – whilst he also delivered the Champions League trophy in 2012 erasing the memories of the final defeat to United four years previously.
Courtois was signed by Andre Villas Boas in 2011, but after plying his trade at the Vicente Calderon for three years has returned from his loan spell ready to make his own mark in English football.
Roma may have been pegged back by title rivals Juventus just before the international break, but still possess a side capable of ending their wait for the Scudetto.
However they are still lacking a goalkeeper of Cech’s calibre, with current goalkeepers Morgan De Sanctis, Lukasz Skorupski and Gianluca Curci currently not up to scratch.
The Chelsea shotstopper still has time to make an impression at the Stadio Olympico, and would be reunited with Ashley Cole after the Englishman signed on in Rome in the summer.
Mourinho is more likely to be inclined to sell abroad, and in snubbing Fulham’s move for Mark Schwarzer is preparing for a scenario where one of his disciples leaves the club.
Recruiting one of the world’s most consistent goalkeepers would be a bold statement from Rudi Garcia, and may even be enough to persuade Kevin Strootman to snub Premier League interest to remain in the Italian capital.
Cech’s relationship with the Chelsea fans may not be enough to keep him at the club in the winter transfer window.
Despite being replaced by Courtois he still remains an outstanding goalkeeper – as shown during the Blues’ 2-0 win over Arsenal just over a week ago.
The Italian giants have the financial backing to push on with a move, and could offer Cech an end to his glittering time on English soil.
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