Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he supports the owner's decision to sell goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal.
As reported by the Mirror, the Portuguese tactician has insisted that he respects the player's wishes after his great services to Chelsea, claiming that he's proud of the club for allowing the player to move to the Gunners.
Cech, of course, despite being 33-years-old, is still recognised as one of the leading goalkeepers in world football, however lost his place in the Blues side to young Belgian ace Thibaut Courtois at the start of last season.
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His long-term future in the game was the subject of much debate for some time, and at one stage it was far from certain as to whether the Stamford Bridge outfit would sell to a direct rival, however Roman Abramovich and Co. gave the green light for the deal to be completed.
And Mourinho, who may now be on the lookout for a new number two in west London, has insisted that he was happy with the club's decision.
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The Chelsea boss stated: "Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win.
"I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first team football every week.
"Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club. I support the owner's decision to honour the player in this way.
"It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it. There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision."
There's no doubt about it, Mourinho didn't really have much of a say in the transfer of the shot-stopper. On this occasion, Abramovich clearly handed the experienced goalkeeper the power to choose his next club, which has ultimately led him to north London.
And it must be noted that the signing of the 'keeper is a tremendous one for Arsene Wenger and Co. at the Emirates.
The transfer really can't be underestimated: Arsenal have struggled in the goalkeeping department for some time now, and Cech really does change things for them, as they go in search of claiming the Premier League title sooner rather than later.
Ultimately, he is a class above the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, who are currently on the books of the club, so he really could play a huge role for the club over the coming years. Mourinho will only know too well that Cech signing for Arsenal harms the Blues' chances of retaining their title, and the upcoming season is going to be extremely interesting for both clubs.
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