Petr Cech decided to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window because he believed the club had moved on from him.
The Czech Republic international enjoyed ten successful years at Stamford Bridge but spent his 11th playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.
He informed Jose Mourinho that he would not be extending his contract beyond 2016 and requested to leave. However, Cech was determined to stay in London, meaning Premier League rivals Arsenal were the only realistic destination.
In detail, the 33-year-old has now revealed exactly why he decided to call time on his Chelsea career and, despite wanting to remain in the English capital, felt he had to move on to remain at the top of world football.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cech said: “Last year I realised that the club [Chelsea] had sort of turned the page from me. I knew the manager had made his choice and that this was not for me at this point of my career.
"If I was new to the club or I had been there two or three years, then you might think: ‘Okay, let’s fight for my place and see what the outcome will be.’ But at my age and after all I’ve done it was like a chapter closing. Sometimes you have to think about yourself, and this was the best thing for me.
"At 33, I don’t want to just give things time, just to wait and see. So, after all I’d done at Chelsea, I felt it was the right time to move on.”
Arsene Wenger's magic
With only the unconvincing duo of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina to choose from, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger leapt at the chance to sign Cech. He offered the goalkeeper a four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week and guaranteed him a place in his first-team.
But having experienced so much success at Chelsea, Cech also wanted to know that he could challenge for major trophies at the Emirates. Having held private discussions with the Frenchman, Cech was left in no doubt that the Gunners could match his ambitions.
"It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision"
Cech continued: “He introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after. I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations.
"It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. With Arsenal, that all came together.”