Jose Mourinho has yet to confirm whether or not he sees Petr Cech as part of his long-term plans, but unless he decides soon he could end up losing the veteran stopper to AS Roma.
Di Marzio claim
At least that’s according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who claims that the Serie A giants are readying a January swoop for the Czech international as Rudi Garcia aims to replace Morgan De Sanctis.
Cech has been ousted from his first-choice position between the sticks at Stamford Bridge by rising star Thibaut Courtois, and as such it’s assumed he may be open to leaving the club to find first-team football.
The 32-year-old, who is worth a supposed £120,000-a-week, is being monitored by a number of top European clubs but he'll know that at Roma he'll be guaranteed plenty of game-time. Under Garcia the Stadio Olimpico outfit are resurgent, and at the moment their fighting neck and neck with Juventus for the Serie A title, meaning there's no real step down in terms of the quality of the team he'll be moving to.
Elsewhere the powers-that-be at the west London club have made a decision over Mourinho’s future in the midst of supposed interest from Barcelona. It’s said they want to offer The Special One a new lucrative contract to ensure that they keep him.
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Despite enduring a barren season last time around with regards to trophies, Mourinho has masterminded a simply brilliant start to this campaign, and currently the Blues are top of the Premier League, looking as dominant as they ever have.
With six point separating them and Manchester City - and having already played a fixture at the Etihad Stadium, people are backing Chelsea to win the title, and if they do Mourinho will be the man the plaudits will rain down upon. Such success however inevitably brings envy, and it's said Barcelona would consider moving to make him their new boss should Luis Enrique fail to deliver.
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