Petr Cech decided to leave Chelsea after the club's Capital One Cup final success on March 1.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the experienced goalkeeper, who completed a move to the club's Premier League rivals Arsenal earlier this week, has admitted that he knew it was time to leave the Stamford Bridge outfit after the victory over Tottenham.
Cech, of course, lost his place in the starting XI to talented goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at the start of last season, and the 33-year-old has admitted that he didn't want to endure another campaign sitting on the Chelsea bench.
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In fact, the shot-stopper has insisted that he's still as committed to the cause now as he was 10-years ago, suggesting that he's still looking to improve his game in his latter years.
Speaking about his decision to leave west London, Cech claimed: "The moment I knew I had to leave? After the Capital One Cup final.
Cech remains dedicated
"I knew there weren’t many games left for me after that. We were out of the FA Cup and Champions League, so there were only league games, and I knew that was it. I knew then this wasn’t the way I wanted to have another season.
"As tough as it was to make the decision, it became clear that it would be this way because I have the same motivation as I did 10 years ago. My commitment to training, the will to get better is the same. I don’t want to waste that sitting on the bench."
Cech, then, may well make his debut against his former club back at Wembley in the Community Shield at the start of August, where he will once again be hoping to be on the winning side.
At the end of the day, despite being 33-years of age, Cech is an outstanding signing for the Gunners, as they go in search of claiming the Premier League title.
Ultimately, for many years under Arsene Wenger in north Londonm the club have struggled in the goalkeeping department, but the signing of Cech really does change the dynamics for the club. He's comfortably better than the duo of David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny, and will no doubt act as a leading player for the club in the upcoming campaign.
With Cech between the sticks, the Gunners most certainly have the platform to overhaul Jose Mourinho and Co. sooner rather than later. It was great of the Chelsea hierarchy to allow the veteran goalkeeper to select his next club, but he may well come back to haunt them.
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