Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to stay at the club in the January transfer window, reports Sky Sports.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the shot-stopper will remain at Stamford Bridge after revealing that veteran Mark Schwarzer will join Premier League strugglers Leicester City.
Stamford Bridge stay
As well as insisting that Cech is set to stay at the Bridge, Mourinho has also revealed that youngster Jamal Blackman will return from his loan spell at Championship outfit Middlesbrough.
After the Blues secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday afternoon, Mourinho told reporters: “I won't be bringing in a new goalkeeper - Jamal Blackman will return from Middlesbrough on loan.
“He was not playing for them, so for us he is a young English goalkeeper who will go into our Champions League squad as an U21 and stay and compete with Thibaut Courtois and Cech.
“So there is no chance that Cech will be leaving in the January transfer window.”
This news, then, will come as a major blow to Chelsea's Premier League rivals Arsenal, who have been linked with a move for the goalkeeper of late.
In fact, it has recently been reported that Arsenal were preparing a bid in the region of £7 million to secure the player's services, but it now appears that he won't be heading to north London anytime soon.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may well have to change his January plans as he goes in search of adding to his goalkeeping department this month. Current Arsenal No.1 Wojciech Szczesny has struggled to find his best form throughout the season so far, so it's not surprising that the club are on the lookout for a new addition.
Cech, meanwhile, will have to continue his fight with Belgian star Thibaut Courtois for a place in the Blues' first team this term. Courtois has been a main-stay in the club's starting XI of late, and looks set for an extremely bright future in the game.
It certainly won't be easy for Cech to replace Courtois as the club's No.1 anytime soon, but he will certainly prove a valuable back-up for the Stamford Bridge outfit as they go in search of success this season.