Arsenal transfers: Jose Mourinho will keep Petr Cech against his will
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn't want to sell Petr Cech to a Premier League rival
Jose Mourinho says he doesn’t want Chelsea to sell Petr Cech to a Premier League rival in the summer transfer window.
The Czech Republic international has been forced to watch from the sidelines for most of the season after Thibaut Courtois returned from his loan at Atletico Madrid and claimed the number one spot over the summer.
Without Petr this season, I don’t think the club would be champions because he played six important matches in the Premier League
Cech has been linked with a host of top European clubs throughout the season including Arsenal amid reports Arsene Wenger wants to identify a long-term successor for struggling Poland international Wojciech Szczesny.
However, Chelsea manager Mourinho underlined his desire to keep the 32-year-old goalkeeper at the newly-crowned Premier League champions, even if the shot stopper wants to leave the west London side at the end of the season.
“One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is [Roman] Abramovich, and another thing is the board, because the board is a little bit of me and a little bit of other people,” Mourinho told reporters,” Mourinho told assembled media at his press conference on Friday.
“If it was me, if it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay. Even against his will? Yes.
“I think that the club is more important than the player and, as was true this season, the club needs two very good goalkeepers.
“Without Petr this season, I don’t think the club would be champions because he played six important matches in the Premier League. Without these points, we probably wouldn’t be champions.
“For me, decision number one, Petr will 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 and he means so much for this club and what he did in this club, I think he deserves everything from this club. If the club decision is different to mine I will accept it.”
Cech has made 484 appearances for the west London since he moved to Chelsea in a £7m move from Rennes in 2004.
The Czech goalkeeper has won 12 major trophies during his Stamford Bridge career, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.