Petr Cech to stay with Chelsea until end of season

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The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has dealt Arsenal and AS Roma a crushing blow with the news that his client is unlikely to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Viktor Kolar insists the Czech Republic international will stay with Chelsea until the end of the season, despite the fact Thibaut Courtois is now the Blues’ undisputed number one goalkeeper.

AS Roma have recently been linked with a £7 million move for the 32-year-old, who has made one Premier League appearance this season, while Arsenal are also reportedly interested.

Kolar: Cech going nowhere

But Kolar has bad news for both clubs, telling Rete Sport: “There has not been contact with Roma and certainly Petr isn’t going to be moving in the January transfer window.”

Kolar’s comments have pleased Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who said “it is very good news” when asked for his reaction during Friday’s pre-match press conference.

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The Portuguese coach has stated on several occasions this season that he likes having two world-class ‘keepers to choose from, with Cech an extremely reliable option for matches when Courtois is either not fit to play or requires a rest.

Cech speculation and quotes

Cech, a model professional, has not made a big deal about being relegated to second-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge - but speculation has been rife that he is no longer happy with the west London outfit.

Back in October, meanwhile, the veteran ‘keeper admitted he would need to seriously consider his options if he continued spending time on the substitutes’ bench.

“I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” he told Czech Radio. ”With the European Championships in 2016 and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play.

“I have not spoken to anybody at the club but if the situation will not start to improve for me then I will want to solve it.”

Courtois: Cech is unhappy

And last month Courtois dropped a hint that Cech was less than happy to be watching on from the sidelines, but insists they have a healthy working relationship.

"I understand that, maybe, he's not happy he doesn't play a lot and that's normal,” the world-class Belgium international commented. “I would be the same. But we get on well.”

It seems only a matter of time before Cech leaves Chelsea for pastures new, but don’t expect to see the Premier League star walking away from Stamford Bridge next month.

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