Didier Drogba says Chelsea must keep hold of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech as speculation builds of an exit from Stamford Bridge.
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Cech was dropped down the pecking order at the Premier League champions since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois and according to Daily Express has interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
It is understood he is also being tracked by cashed-up French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Drogba, who officially announced he would be leaving Chelsea in the summer, said the Blues must do all they can to keep hold of the Czech international.
“The club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club. Look at the fans’ reaction to him,” Drogba is quoted as saying by Daily Express.
“But it is his decision, and no matter what happens the club will respect his decision. If he wants to stay, he can stay – he is more than welcome here. If he wants to go it is his choice as well. It’s up to him. But we want him to stay!”
The 33-year-old made just five Premier League starts this season and is believed to be frustrated with his lack of playing time.
Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and has since made 334 Premier League appearances for the side, winning four Premier League titles and one Champions League crown.