Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed back-up goalkeeper Petr Cech as an “institution” at Stamford Bridge following a decade of fine service for the Blues.
Cech is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season after losing his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, with Arsenal reportedly leading the race to sign the Czech Republic international.
And following this week’s intense speculation surrounding Cech’s future - with reports claiming Roman Abramovich will allow the goalkeeper to join any club of his choosing this summer - Mourinho has taken the opportunity to pay tribute to the 32-year-old.
Mourinho: Cech is an institution
"Petr Cech is not a player - he's an institution,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "Ten years in goal, going through everything he went through, great moments and sad moments, dying on the pitch.”
Cech has arguably been the Premier League’s best goalkeeper since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and still has plenty to offer a top club.
The chance to join Arsenal may appeal to Cech because not only can he continue to play Champions League football and compete for trophies, but it would also allow him to stay in London, where his family are settled.
Arsenal are looking for a new first-class goalkeeper to replace the unconvincing duo Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina - and Cech ticks all the boxes.
But will the Chelsea hero be prepared to risk upsetting the Blues’ faithful by joining the Gunners this summer? Have your say in the comments below!