Petr Cech is set to confirm his desire to leave Chelsea to Jose Mourinho personally at the end of the season, according to information in the Daily Mail.
The paper claims that the Czech international will make his feelings clear in a meeting with his manager once the season is finished, and unfortunately for Blues fans his longing is to seek pastures new.
Cech at Chelsea
The veteran stopper has very much played second-fiddle to the young Thibaut Courtois since the latter’s return from a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid this summer.
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As a result question marks have been raised over his happiness and, if the Mail are to be believed, they are to be answered by the fact that he wants to find a new club. It’s said Chelsea will demand at least £10 million for their leal servant, with Arsenal, Liverpool, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain all showing interest in securing his signature.
Despite the fact that Cech has been used as Mourinho’s backup during this campaign Chelsea still have a massive amount of respect for the stopper’s abilities, and their decision with regards to his future is bound to reflect that. Put in simpler terms it means that the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool might struggle to strike a deal for him as they can be considered direct title rivals.
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Of course this conflicts with popular reports from earlier this year that claimed the Blues would allow Cech to choose his next club as they believe he deserves that reward. If that’s the case then Liverpool could be ruled out if they can’t get Champions League football for another season, whilst Arsenal might be off the cards due to the rivalry they share with the club Cech has called home for the past decade.
Decision to go
Nevertheless the man himself does want to leave, and there’s few who could blame him on that front. At 32 he’s sitting in his supposed prime years as a goalkeeper, and spending the past ten years to get to this point only to warm the bench for a younger model certainly won’t have been in his career plan.
With that in mind Chelsea need to think about finding an alternative number two moving forward, one who will not only be able to do a job when Courtois is absent, but also not mind being a substitute for the vast majority of games over the course of a season.
England U21 international Marcus Bettinelli is a player they’re said to have been looking at, though they’ll likely refrain from attempting to bring anyone else in until they know for certain they can’t convince Cech to stay.
Chelsea fans, will you be gutted to see Cech leave Stamford Bridge? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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