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Petr Cech: I'm open to staying in England

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has offered Arsenal and Manchester United hugged encouragement in their alleged pursuit of his signature this summer after intimating that he's open to staying in the Premier League.

The Daily Mail carries quotes attributed to the 32-year-old stopper which are taken from an interview with Czech media outlet Sport1, whereby he revealed that a meeting is planned with his current employers next week to discuss the conditions for his departure.

It was previously reported that Blues boss Jose Mourinho was reluctant to let Cech leave for a domestic rival, but it now looks as though the Portuguese tactician will not stand in the way of his veteran custodian.

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Speaking ahead of Friday's European Championship qualifier against Iceland, the Czech Republic international provided Gunners supporters and Red Devils fans with plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.

"First I have to agree with the club what the conditions would be for leaving," he explained. "Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea.

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"At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide.

"I believe that for what I have done for the club and what the club has done for me, we can arrange it so we are all happy.

"I keep all options open, regardless of the country. I will decide based on what is best for me and my family. It does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France or Spain."

Questioned about the upheaval it will cause him leaving west London after 11 years, Cech admitted there will be an element of disruption, but that is part and parcel of being a professional footballer.

"If I move, it brings difficulties," he explained. "It must change everything, look for housing, a school for children and so on. Therefore, the sooner I know what to do the better. I can plan everything and even rest before the new season."

Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper as current first-choice David de Gea looks set to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid. The veteran Dutch coach has Victor Valdes in reserve, but would be foolish to turn down the chance to acquire a player of Cech's quality.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has also been heavily linked with the Chelsea favourite as question marks still remain about Wojciech Szczesny's future at the Emirates Stadium. David Ospina has replaced the Pole between the sticks for Arsenal, but he's failed to convince the frugal Frenchman that he is the right man for the job long-term.

Where do you think Petr Cech will be playing his football next season - Arsenal, Manchester United or somewhere else? Is there any chance of him staying at Chelsea? Share your thoughts below…

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