Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to hold talks with club bosses next week as he attempts to sort out his playing future, according to reports.
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Cech has struggled for game time at Chelsea after dropping behind Belgian star Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, making just 10 appearances this season as the Blues went on the claim the Premier League title.
The 33-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to rivals Arsenal, and the Gunners have received a major boost in their hunt for the Czech Republic international after the gloveman admitted he was keeping his options open.
“First I have to agree with the club what the conditions would be for leaving,” Cech is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea. At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide. I believe that for what I have done for the club and what the club has done for me, we can arrange it so we are all happy.
“I keep all options open, regardless of the country. I will decide based on what is best for me and my family. It does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France or Spain. If I move, it brings difficulties. It must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on. Therefore, the sooner I know what to do the better. I can plan everything and even rest before the new season.”
The “difficulties” Cech speaks of means he may prefer to stay in London, and a move to Arsenal beckons.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to hold onto Cech, but he is clearly unhappy with his status as back-up goalkeeper and will likely move on from Stamford Bridge.