Jose Mourinho has revealed he is almost powerless to stop Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech from joining Arsenal this summer.
After several weeks and months of rebuffing the idea of Cech leaving Stamford Bridge after a disappointing season of primarily starting on the bench, Mourinho says the decision over the Czech international’s future is now out of his hands.
Mirror Online claim Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new No. 1 when the transfer window opens and thinks a move for Cech is particularly feasible with the 32-year-old seemingly ready for to quit Chelsea after losing his place in the starting XI to Thibaut Courtois.
In an interview with talkSPORT, quoted by the Mirror, Mourinho says: “If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams. Big candidates to win the Premier League. I would never let him go.
“But it’s not in my hands. My perfect scenario is that he stays with us, I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too.”
It’s claimed that Chelsea, Cech and Mourinho will come to some form of agreement over his next move together – and this opens up the possibility of a move across London to major rivals Arsenal.
“He is a fantastic keeper, fantastic dressing room and squad man. I tried to prove the respect I have for him. I played him in the cups, gave him matches in the Premier League.
“I can imagine that a 32 or 33 year old keeper feels young and feels the passion to play every game.