Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will look to leave Stamford Bridge in January if he continues spending time on the substitutes’ bench. The Czech Republic international has fallen down the pecking order behind Thibaut Courtois, who Jose Mourinho made his new number one at the start of the season.
Cech, 32, was strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea at the end of the transfer window but a move failed to materialise.
Cech admits Chelsea exit is possible
However, last season’s PFA Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year admits that he will need to seriously consider his options when the transfer window re-opens if his situation fails to improve.
“I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” he told Czech radio, according to the Metro. “With the European Championships in 2016 and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play.
“I have not spoken to anybody at the club but if the situation will not start to improve for me then I will want to solve it.”
Cech: From No. 1 to benchwarmer
Cech has been Chelsea’s undisputed first-choice keeper over the past decade, but has played just 66 minutes of Premier League football this season following the return of the world-class Belgium international, Courtois, who has enjoyed a fine start to his spell at Stamford Bridge.
However, Cech was called into action against Arsenal on Sunday when Courtois was left injured with a concerning head injury which, fortunately, proved to be less serious than first feared.
The veteran Blues’ ace was handed a rapturous reception from the Chelsea supporters and managed to keep a clean sheet, as Mourinho’s side opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Cech, however, will drop back down to the bench for Chelsea’s first match after the international break, against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, as Courtois regains his place in between the sticks.
Should Cech decide to leave in January, Mourinho is expected to reluctantly grant the Chelsea hero is wish, provided he doesn’t join a direct competitor.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain reportedly have an interest in the keeper, while Real Madrid may also renew their interest if Keylor Navas and Iker Casillas fail to hit top gear between now and January.
Cech admitted in the summer that he and his family are settled in London, but it seems he will need to leave England’s capital in order to get his career back on track.