AS Roma have pulled out of the race to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after the club announced that Morgan De Sanctis had signed a new two-year deal, reports the Express.
The 37-year-old was set to leave Roma this summer once his contract had expired, and the general thought around the club was that he would see his contract out and then leave.
However, yesterday, it was announced that a deal had been agreed and finalised, seeing the veteran extend his stay until 2016.
With the departure of De Sanctis expected, Roma boss Rudi Garcia sent several scouts out to watch goalkeepers so that he could make a signing in the summer in order to replace the 37-year-old, and Cech was the number-one target.
The Chelsea star has lost his place in Jose Mourinho's first-team due to Thibaut Courtois returning from his Atletico Madrid three-year loan deal.
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Mourinho gave Courtois the number-one jersey ahead of the opening game of the Premier League season, and despite Cech insisting he was happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place, he has failed to win it back since, and is now reportedly seeking an exit.
Both Courtois and Mark Schwarzer have spoken in the press admitting that Cech isn't happy with his role at the club, and he is expected to leave in the Summer, if not before.
De Sanctis Deal
However, it won't be to Roma as they have now ruled themselves out of the race due to De Sanctis penning a new deal.
After signing the contract, the goalkeeper revealed his plans were always to stay as he wants to retire in Rome.
"Today is an important day for me," De Sanctis told Roma Radio. "I am very happy that Roma has given me this opportunity.
"I will remain at Roma until 2016 and to work for Roma gives me a lot of motivation but also a big sense of responsibility.
"At my age, you have to make decisions on a yearly basis and if I continue to hand (in) good performances then I can continue to play here.
"I would like to end my career in the best possible way.
"I want to give joy to our fans and to my coach."