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Christophe Lollichon told he can join Petr Cech at Arsenal

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Chelsea have granted permission for their goalkeeping coach, Christophe Lollichon, to join Petr Cech at Arsenal this summer.

This is according to The Times, who understand that Lollichon is free to join the Gunners if the north London outfit follow up their initial interest.

Lollichon first worked alongside Cech at Rennes, before reuniting with the world-class Czech Republic international at Chelsea in 2007 following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

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The Frenchman angered Mourinho earlier this summer after discussing the goalkeeping situation at Paris Saint-Germain while referencing Cech.

He also hinted to the French media, not long after, that Arsenal could be the ideal destination for the 33-year-old.

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Silvino Louro to take over?

That Mourinho’s long-serving goalkeeping coach, Silvino Louro, returned to Stamford Bridge with the revered Portuguese manager last summer may explain the club’s willingness to allow Lollichon to leave west London.

Louro, however, has been working as the Blues’ assistant first-team coach - albeit with a key interest in the club’s goalkeepers - and it’s unclear whether Chelsea would look to replace Lollichon with another member of staff from elsewhere.

Or could it be Guy Martens...?

Quite how the departure of Lollichon might affect Thibaut Courtois is also unclear, although interestingly Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper urged the Blues to sign another coach earlier this summer.

Guy Martens, who was fired by Genk earlier this year, made a big impression on Courtois prior to his move to Chelsea in 2011.

And the 23-year-old told reporters that he would love to reunite with the Belgian at Stamford Bridge.

“The best goalkeeping coach ever,” Courtois said of Martens. “I learned everything from Guy.

"I never had this with other goalkeeper coaches.

"I have given his number to Chelsea and even said that he is available. He can help goalkeepers get better.”

Perhaps Mourinho will consider replacing Lollichon with Martens, then. If he was the man responsible for Courtois’ development during the Belgian’s formative years then he must have something about him.

Courtois now has competition from Begovic

Courtois was the reason why Cech left Chelsea for Arsenal. Although the two keepers struck up a good working relationship last season, Cech knew he had no chance of re-establishing himself as the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper.

Courtois, who has won league titles with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, is already one of the best keepers on the planet and has the potential to end his career as one of the greatest of all time.

He has been joined by Bosnia & Herzegovina international Asmir Begovic, who completed an £8 million move from Stoke City earlier this month, and the 28-year-old insists that Courtois has not been guaranteed the position of first-choice goalkeeper this season.

“There have been no guarantees for anyone,” Begovic said. “The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted me and that was a big part of my decision. I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.”

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Thibaut Courtois
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