I'm a Chelsea fan. For years I have watched Chelsea play, fortunately win on many occasions, but most interestingly, evolve as a team. I can't remember when Chelsea were not one of the best teams and biggest clubs in the country, but that shouldn't make me any less dedicated a supporter.
It is this dedication which makes me think that Chelsea should let Petr Cech leave Stamford Bridge this season, after eleven scintillating years. He arrived from French outfit Rennes in the summer of 2004 for £7million, intended to play second fiddle to Carlo Cudicini. However, he took the number one jersey in the 2004-2005 season; his and Mourinho's first at the club.
He set the record for the fastest time to reach 100 clean sheets (only 180 matches) and until 2009 held the record for the longest time without conceding a Premier League goal (1,025 minutes). Cech has won the Golden Glove three times: in the 2004/05, 2009/10 and 2013/14 seasons.
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The 32 year-old has been at the centre of everything great about Chelsea over the past decade; his every attribute is incredible. This includes his persistence, having returned from the horrific head injury he suffered in 2006, which many said would mean he would never be as good between the posts.
This season, Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea, taking Cech's spot as our number one keeper. Courtois deserved it, having waited patiently for three years while on loan at Atletico Madrid. There he gained immense experience, including playing in last year's Champions League Final.
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Courtois returned a stronger goalkeeper, and ultimately a better one than Cech. The 22-year-old Belgian has been brilliant this season, as has Cech when called upon. However, I think everyone knows that the number one spot at Chelsea is, and will remain, in the hands of Thibaut Courtois.
Understandably, Mourinho did not let his veteran shot-stopper leave in January, because Mark Schwarzer left on loan for Leicester City - leaving just one keeper would not have been wise. However, Jose Mourinho rightly said this month that Cech is an "institution", and thus should be given a "special perspective" regarding his future with the Blues.
In my view, Cech should, and probably will end up leaving Chelsea at the end of this season; the most likely destination currently being a Serie A club. However, he will always be a Chelsea legend, and this should never be forgotten by the fans.
Let me know whether you think Cech will stay or go, and if he goes, then who you think will sign him.
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