The only reason Petr Cech ended up at Arsenal after leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2015 was because Roman Abramovich wanted to personally thank the goalkeeper for 11 years of magnificent service at Stamford Bridge.
The former Czech Republic international, who had fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order, wanted to stay in London - where he, along with the rest of his family, felt settled - but was also keen to continue playing in the Champions League.
This left Arsenal as the only viable option - although Jose Mourinho, you suspect, would rather Cech have left the English capital altogether instead of signing for his old adversary Arsene Wenger.
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Mourinho wasn’t happy with Abramovich’s decision to allow Cech to leave the Blues for the Gunners, it was reported at the time, and this has now been confirmed by a sensational email
The infuriated Portuguese coach, according to a new book published by Rob Beasley on the Daily Mail, wanted two top Arsenal players in exchange for Cech after admitting he wanted to “f***” Wenger over.
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Writing in his new book, ‘Jose Mourinho Up Close and Personal’, Beasley has published the email that he received from the current Manchester United boss himself.
Beasley, per the Mail, wrote about his email from Mourinho: “He told me in an email: 'Mister Wenger wants Cech and he thinks about money...he is wrong!!!
‘What I want is to f*** him...Want Cech? OK, I want (Theo) Walcott or (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain!!! Want a top goalkeeper? OK, I want a young player, s*** with you but I can make him top.’”
Mourinho believed he could succeed where Wenger had failed
In the end, Mourinho landed neither Arsenal player, as Chelsea accepted a £10 million cash over from their London rivals.
But, as Beasley states in his book, the inference was crystal clear.
Wenger had failed to get the best out of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, so Mourinho, who regards himself as a significantly better coach than the veteran Frenchman, wanted the opportunity to get one over his enemy by turning one of the English wingers into a top Premier League star.
Both players remain with the Gunners, although who knows how their careers would have panned out had they joined Mourinho at Chelsea.
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