It seems that Petr Cech is finally ready to leave Chelsea. The world-class goalkeeper has spent a season on the sidelines while a man ten years his junior has hogged the spotlight.
The 32-year-old was shoved out of the first team in favour of Thibaut Courtois, who himself had threatened to force his way out of Stamford Bridge if he was not given priority over Cech.
With his eyes firmly on the long-term, Jose Mourinho gave Courtois exactly what he wanted, but managed to convince Cech to stay another year and fight for his place. He has stayed in west London one season too long. He should never have been allowed to remain at a club where his services were no longer needed.
An extraordinary talent
Second choice goalkeepers are second choice for a reason: they're not good enough to be first-choice. But Cech could have waltzed between almost any other goal post in world football and found a freshly print No.1 jersey waiting for him.
But he stayed and he has remained as professional as ever. He has performed well when called upon and stayed quiet when Courtois has resumed his position in front. Now it is time to repay that professionalism. They should let him leave and they should let him go wherever he wants to go, even if that is to a Premier League rival.
Mourinho will be praying that Cech is tempted by the glitz and glamour of Paris Saint-Germain or possibly the Yellow Wall of Borussia Dortmund. Outside of these two clubs, it is hard to see which clubs outside of Europe could accommodate someone of Cech's ability. Atletico Madrid could also use a goalkeeper, but they would struggle to accommodate his £100,000-a-week wages.
Road to Arsenal
All signs are pointing towards Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has lost faith in Wojciech Szczesny and he is now stuck with David Ospina, who himself seems less than able to protect the goal of a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
The Czech Republic international would be attracted by a move to the Gunners. Arsene Wenger has an exciting project and their London base would mean Cech would not have to do any major relocating.
Mourinho may stand in his way. He will not want to see Cech leave for one of his direct rivals and will do everything he can to stop it happening. However, the decision should ultimately lie with the player.
If the Chelsea manager rejects his request, it will be showing huge disrespect to man who is still cherished by the Stamford Bridge crowds. It is hardly a bad situation for Chelsea. They are losing a great player but it is only because they have an even better player already in his place.
He has stood by Chelsea when he was so unceremoniously ditched and exchanged for a newer model when he still had plenty of miles on the clock. If Arsenal come calling and he wants to answer, Chelsea can't stand in his way.
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