Petr Cech may have retained the number one shirt ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but the 36-year-old is very unlikely to be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper this upcoming season.
The Gunners’ new manager Unai Emery convinced his new employers to splash out £19.3 million on Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen last month.
The Germany international, who is 10 years younger than Cech, has been handed the No. 19 shirt but will almost certainly line up for Arsenal in their Premier League opener against Manchester City on August 12.
Despite the arrival of Leno, though, Cech insists that he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium and fight for his place.
“My contract with Arsenal still has a year to run,” he told reporters earlier this month. “The only thing I’m preparing for is the fight for the No. 1 spot in goal.
“Napoli were interested but my future is at Arsenal. I didn’t think of changing clubs.”
It’s no surprise that Cech wasn’t tempted by the move to Italy. One of the main reasons he joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2015 was because he wanted to stay in London.
Cech could be about to complete shock move
Cech and his family are settled in the English capital, having lived there since joining Chelsea back in 2004.
And he might get the opportunity to stay in London, even if he decides to leave Arsenal, according to a shock report from Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol on Tuesday evening.
He’s shocked football fans by revealing Chelsea are considering re-signing Cech if - or rather, when - they sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Given Cech’s age and the fact his performances have hardly been convincing over the past couple of seasons, this would surely rank as one of the biggest shocks of the summer transfer window if the deal goes through.
Chelsea fans surely won't want Cech back
Chelsea supporters will always have a special place in their hearts for Cech, who spent 11 successful years at Stamford Bridge, but it’s hard to imagine that too many would want him back as their No. 1 keeper.
The Blues have also been linked with AS Roma’s Alisson Becker, but the Brazil international is closer to a move to Liverpool as things stand.
Solhekol also understands that Chelsea are interested in signing Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, who enhanced his reputation with some fine performances for Denmark at the World Cup finals in Russia.
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