Chelsea veteran Petr Cech has hinted that he’s been unhappy at the club this season, insisting that it was tough to get through after losing his starting XI berth.
Following the return of the fledgling Thibaut Courtois from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid last summer Cech was moved to Jose Mourinho’s backup option; a role he hasn’t undertaken in any of his long years at Stamford Bridge.
Fresh from seeing his teammates secure the Premier League title with a win over Crystal Palace last weekend the Czech international has admitted, via the London Evening Standard, that he still hasn’t become completely accustomed to playing second fiddle in goal, whilst also dropping the biggest hint yet that he’s going to move on this summer.
"I have no plans yet and as soon as the season is over, I'll look to the future and just see what I want to decide. I feel that I'm fit and ready to play and I don't want to lose time on the bench," Cech said.
"It was a very different season to before and I had a completely different role to what I used to have and I had to find a way to go through the year.
"Obviously we have games where we need to be always ready and every player, you want to play as much as possible, so my year was different to previous years. I had to find my way through."
Much of the speculation surrounding Cech recently has focused on where he’ll move to, as opposed to whether or not he will move.
The latter question is essentially already answered given how untenable Cech’s current role is for a player of his experience and skill, although the former one can quite easily become a point of interesting debate.
A figure of the 32-year-old’s repute was always going to have clubs queuing up to take advantage of his uncomfortable situation and sure enough the likes of Arsenal, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain are all said to be lurking with intent. Chelsea want to claim at least £10 million back if they opt to sell him, but that fee won’t be a problem for any of his suitors, particularly not Arsenal and PSG.
Subsequently it becomes a difficult choice for the Blues, who have already reportedly determined that they will not stand in Cech’s way regarding where he wants to move to next.
Arsenal or PSG
In an ideal world he’d be shipped abroad so Arsenal can’t benefit, but football clubs rarely benefit from such luxuries and the Gunners could offer him Champions League football, the chance to win another Premier League title and do both without the obstacle of having to uproot his family to a new location.
Meanwhile PSG can’t really hand him anything he hasn’t already got except more money and the chance to win a title in another country. If Cech’s ambitions are to remain playing at the highest standard possible then Arsenal win the day there, although his personal affiliation to Chelsea could yet curb any potential deal.
Chelsea fans, do you think Cech is going to leave this summer? If so will he join Arsenal? Let us know in the comments box below.
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