Arsenal transfers: Jose Mourinho responds to Petr Cech Chelsea exit talk
The Chelsea boss want Petr Cech to stay at the west London club beyond the winter transfer window
Jose Mourinho has again underlined his desire to keep Petr Cech at Chelsea beyond the January transfer window.
The Czech Republic international’s future has been a source of speculation since Thibaut Courtois ousted him as the Blues’ fist-choice shot-stopper this season.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been touted as possible Premier League destinations for the goalkeeper, but the Portuguese coach is determined to keep the 32-year-old at Stamford Bridge.
“The most important thing is what he brings to the team on the pitch, which is top quality,” Mourinho told Yahoo-Eurosport.
“When Courtois was injured against Arsenal and Petr Cech comes to play on minute 20, I was so calm. I wasn’t worried about a change of goalkeeper.
“So when you have on the bench a super goalkeeper like Petr Cech this is the most important thing.
“Obviously he wants to play, which is why sometimes I make him play. I have to feed the natural ambition of somebody who feels he is a top goalkeeper.
“I have to feed that ambition to keep him… I’m not saying happy happy, because to be happy a player must play every game… but at least to make him feel that we like him, we respect him and we need him.”