Jose Mourinho has admitted he doesn't want to let Petr Cech join Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
However the Special One admits the decision is out of his hands as the veteran shotstopper considers his future after a season playing second fiddle to Thbaut Courtois.
The 32-year-old has played just six times in the Premier League this season and recently admitted that he was getting tired of 'losing time on the bench.'
Arsenal have been suggested as a possible destination for Cech, however Mourinho says he would prefer to keep him over selling to a direct Premier League rival. Inter Milan and Roma have also been linked with a move.
"One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is Mr Abramovich and another thing is the board because the board is a little bit of me and other people,' said the Chelsea manager. 'If it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That's it.'
When asked if he would even hold the 32-year-old keeper to the contract against his will, he added: 'Yes, I think the club is more important than the player and the club needs two very good goalkeepers. "Without Petr this season I don't think the club would be champions because he played in six important matches. Without these points we probably wouldn't be champions.
"For me, decision one would be for Petr to stay. After that, second point, to go but not in England. The option I don't want is for him to go to an English club. But, I repeat, I am just the manager. If the club decision is different to mine I will accept it."
According to the Daily Mail, Abramovich shares a strong relationship with Cech and may be more sympathetic to his cause than Mourinho, especially as he is likely to want to stay in London in order to keep his family settled.
Chelsea claimed the Premier League title last weekend with a win over Crystal Palace, and go up against Liverpool this weekend knowing their first league crown since 2010 is in the bag.
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