Jose Mourinho has hinted that Petr Cech is unhappy with his current role in the Chelsea team but insists he will do all he can to keep him at the club.
Cech has been playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois so far this season and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. One of the clubs rumoured to be interested in signing the 32-year-old is Premier League outfit Arsenal.
With Chelsea struggling to fall in line with financial fair play, the chance to get his £100,000-a-week wages off the books may have been tempting for Blues bookkeepers.
But Mourinho is delighted to have two world-class goalkeepers in his ranks and is hopeful he can keep Cech in west London despite the lack of first team football. However, the Chelsea manager could not say that Cech was happy with the situation at the club.
"I have to feed the natural ambition of somebody who feels he is a top goalkeeper" - Jose Mourinho
Mourinho told Yahoo-Eurosport: "The most important thing is what he brings to the team on the pitch, which is top quality.
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"When Courtois was injured against Arsenal and Petr Cech comes to play on minute 20, I was so calm. I wasn't worried about a change of goalkeeper. So when you have on the bench a super goalkeeper like Petr Cech this is the most important thing.
"Obviously he wants to play, which is why sometimes I make him play. I have to feed the natural ambition of somebody who feels he is a top goalkeeper.
"I have to feed that ambition to keep him... I'm not saying happy happy, because to be happy a player must play every game... but at least to make him feel that we like him, we respect him and we need him."
Few would begrudge Cech a move away from Chelsea. He hardly put a foot wrong in his 475 matches for Chelsea, which saw him break the Premier League clean sheet record and win two Premier League titles.
He now risks spending his prime years on the bench at Chelsea despite giving them ten years of loyal and impressive service. Arsene Wenger, who may be starting to lose faith in Wojciech Szczesny, could offer him the football he warrants.
However, his agent Viktor Kolar claimed that his client would be at Chelsea until at least the summer saying he "definitely won't move in the January transfer window".