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Petr Cech agent confirms Manchester United and Liverpool interest

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Manchester United and Liverpool are among a host of top European clubs to have shown an interest in signing Petr Cech in January, according to the Chelsea goalkeeper's agent, Viktor Kolar.

The veteran custodian has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after being displaced in the Blues' starting line-up by new kid on the block Thibaut Courtois.

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Uncertain future

Jose Mourinho has made clear his desire to keep the 32-year-old in west London, but the fact he is unable to guarantee him regular first-team football could see the Czech Republic international leave when the transfer window reopens.

AS Roma has been mooted as a possible destination for Cech at the turn of the year, which would see him reunited with former team-mate Ashley Cole, after he moved to Stadio Olimpico upon the expiry of his Chelsea contract in the summer.

However, Kolar played down suggestions that he's already held talks with Rudi Garcia's side about a prospective switch to Serie 'A', insisting that there are multiple options available to his client, judging by the extensive list of suitors to have made contact.

Agent quote:

"I cannot confirm anything at this time, I have to meet with Petr and speak for the good of his future," he explained in an interview asromachannel.eu. "But I can say that I have not spoken with Roma at the moment.

"There are many options, not just one – there are many teams interested in Petr. Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United – we can talk with many clubs that have shown an interest in Cech."

Louis van Gaal's alleged interest is surprising given the fine form of current number one David de Gea at Old Trafford. The Red Devils stopper has turned in a number of fine performances over the past 18 months, and is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Cech is unlikely to consider a move to the Red Devils if it means sitting on the bench again. He will be looking to nail down a place in the starting line-up, which would appear much more likely at one of his other prospective new clubs.

Options

Liverpool would represent a more realistic opportunity of securing regular action, with question marks surrounding the long-term future of Simon Mignolet at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing in another goalkeeper to challenge the Belgian for his spot, and Cech would be more than capable of doing just that on Merseyside.

However, the Reds must maintain their place in Europe's elite club competition, if they are to have any chance of securing the in-demand £100,000-a-week star's signature.

"He [Cech] wants to be at a club that regularly plays in the Champions League and this is his highest aspiration," confirmed Kolar. "He wants to return to being a protagonist in a great squad at a great club."

Asked specifically about AS Roma, Cech's representative added: "Of course, it would be a great opportunity. If he must change teams it would be for a club that has big ambitions."

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Manchester United
Petr Cech
Chelsea
Premier League
Real Madrid
AS Roma
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