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John Terry pays tribute to Petr Cech on Instagram

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Chelsea captain John Terry has paid tribute to his former teammate Petr Cech, who completed a £10 million move from Stamford Bridge to Arsenal on Monday, with a post on Instagram.

Last week Terry told talkSPORT that Cech would earn his new employers between 12 and 15 points a season - and the former England skipper, while disappointed to see his close friend leave the Bridge, does not begrudge him this fantastic opportunity to resurrect his career.

“Good Luck Big Pete,” Terry wrote. “It's been an absolute pleasure mate. You have won everything and been the very best season after season. CHELSEA LEGEND”

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Terry put aside club rivalries to wish his friend the best of luck at Arsenal - a touch of class from the 34-year-old.

But the talismanic Chelsea captain was not the only Blue to wish Cech luck following confirmation of his move to the Emirates Stadium.

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Cesar Azpilicueta posted a photo of himself alongside the universally-popular Cech, with the caption: “It was a pleasure to play with you @petrcech #ThankYouPetr! Good luck!”

And former Chelsea star Frank Lampard, now plying his trade for New York City FC, posted: “Good luck to Petr Cech. A gentleman off the pitch and a master on it. Without him we wouldn't have experienced the best night of our football lives in Munich.

“It was a pleasure to have played with the big man at @chelseafc and I wish him all the best for the future. #legend”

Roman Abramovich has taken a big risk

The majority of Chelsea fans - barring a couple of attention seekers - have echoed the same sentiments. Cech has been an outstanding professional since he first joined the club in 2004 and the fact he was granted permission to join fierce rivals Arsenal by Roman Abramovich speaks volumes about the huge amount of respect he commanded at the Bridge.

Jose Mourinho, understandably, was less enthused about the idea of Cech joining Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

The Portuguese coach, on several occasions last season, expressed his delight at having ‘two of the best three goalkeepers in the world’ at his disposal.

Now he is left with just the 23-year-old Thibaut Courtois who, fortunately for Mourinho, is already arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet.

But Abramovich has taken a huge risk by offloading Cech to Arsenal, who will now begin to believe they have what it takes to end their long wait for the Premier League title, and Mourinho will be acutely aware of this.

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