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Chelsea goalkeeper coach hints Petr Cech wants Arsenal move

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Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon has risked incurring the wrath of manager Jose Mourinho after conceding that Arsenal could be the ideal destination for Petr Cech.

Lollichon, who has worked alongside Cech at Chelsea since 2007, told French radio station RMC - according to The Sun - that the current situation at Stamford Bridge cannot last.

Cech has played the role of back-up keeper to Thibaut Courtois for the entire season - and the former, who would prefer a move to Arsenal in order to keep his family in London, is unhappy with playing second-fiddle to the Belgium international and is subsequently expected to ask for a move away from Stamford Bridge during the forthcoming weeks.

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“We at Chelsea started to prepare for the next season in December because we knew that the situation with him as back-up cannot last,” Lollichon admitted. “It’s great for the club to have two keepers of such quality — but it can’t last. For a boy like Cech, to stay on the bench, it’s hard.”

It’s understood that Mourinho is reluctant to sell Cech to Arsenal unless Arsene Wenger offers him at least one of his players in return - a very unlikely potential outcome.

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Cech keen on Arsenal for several reasons

Lollichon added, though, that Cech would be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium for several reasons. As well as being able to stay in London, it would allow the 33-year-old to both compete for major honours and secure that Premier League clean sheets record.

Cech - who has also been loosely linked with Manchester United in recent weeks - needs five more clean sheets to overtake former England goalkeeper David James, who made 572 Premier League appearances.

“His family like England. And a player is happy when his family is happy. He wants to stay in England, but I don’t know if there are discussions,” Lollichon continued. “The Premier League is his primary objective. But it will also depend on the conditions.

“The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is in London.

“Tottenham? I do not think they have the same ambitions as Arsenal.

“Petr wants to break the record for the most clean sheets in the Premier League.”

PSG move does not appeal to Cech

Finally, Lollichon confirmed that a move to Paris Saint-Germain does not appeal to Cech because the goalkeeper regards Ligue 1 as a step down in quality from the Premier League.

“Everyone knew his value as a goalkeeper, and now we know the value of the man,” the goalkeeper coach added. “He never said anything and was in Courtois’ service. At 33, he still has at least three or four excellent seasons at a high level.

“He has the ability, competence and professionalism to develop at any high-level club.

“Whenever he played, he was remarkable.

“Given his lifestyle, his desire and love for football, he is a perfectionist, the club he will end up at will have an enormous chance to win trophies.

“Much has been said about him at PSG but the problem is that when you have evolved in England, Ligue 1 seems light compared to what Petr has now experienced.”

But because of Mourinho’s strained relationship with Wenger, this is a potential transfer saga that could run and run right up until the summer deadline on September 1.

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