Petr Cech has warned Chelsea that he is not willing to spend another season on the bench playing second fiddle to current Blues number one, Thibaut Courtois, the Daily Mail reports.
The Czech Republic international has made only five Premier League appearances since young Belgian Courtois returned from his long-term loan spell with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
The veteran goalkeeper has been at Stamford Bridge for 11 years, having signed from Rennes in 2004, going on to notch up almost 400 appearances for the west London club. He has another year left on his contract, but is prepared to walk away rather than spend a further 12 months as understudy to Courtois.
He said: “I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo. But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”
Chelsea are six points clear at the top of the Premier League, with a game in hand on Manchester City, their nearest rivals. As a result, even with restricted appearances, Cech could once again be lifting the Premier League trophy with his club.