Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins insists that Petr Cech would never be allowed to join a Premier League rival and has categorically ruled out a much touted move to Arsenal.
The Gunners have been linked with a deal for the Czech international throughout this campaign with the Daily Express reporting that a bid of £10 million in the summer could be enough the sign the 32-year-old.
However, Wilkins, a former Chelsea assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti and Luiz Felipe Scolari, is adamant the Blues wouldn’t even consider selling to a direct competitor.
“If you look at Chelsea’s actions over the last few years, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, they were all sold outside the country so they couldn’t do any damage to the club in the Premier League,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.
“Jose Mourinho will do the same with Petr Cech.”
Wilkins also revealed he found it odd Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain had yet tomato an offer for Cech, highlighting their current no. 1 Salvatore Sirigu clearly wasn’t up to snuff.
“I don’t know why Paris Saint-Germain have not tabled a bid already because Salvatore Sirigu, the Italian goalkeeper, isn’t good enough,” said Wilkins.
If Arsenal cannot land Cech, it’s likely they will move for another as yet unknown shot-stopper with doubts continuing to reign over Wojciech Szczesny’s future at the club.
Arsene Wenger admitted just last month that he hoped the Pole would remain at the club, but according to Sky Sports said: “But at the moment it is very difficult to answer that question.”