Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would try to stop Petr Cech from joining Arsenal.
The goalkeeper is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois in Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning campaign last season.
Arsenal is believed to be one of several potential destinations for the 32-year-old, who would reportedly be keen on staying in London where his family is settled.
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While Mourinho has admitted that the 33-year-old will have the final say on his future, he would be reluctant to see the Blues legend move to their capital rivals.
“You have to accept any decision that the owner will have in relation to Petr, but I am different,” Mourinho said, speaking at the launch of the new BT Sports’ channel.
“I have the same respect for Petr that everyone at the club has, but my answer [if he can join Arsenal] would be no way, but if he answer is different, then I will accept.
“My answer is not important to this question because the owner is a person with the perspective that I admire a lot. He respects people who do important things for him and since 2004 to 2014-15, he has given great service to the club, unbelievable behaviour.”
Cech, who has won 13 major trophies during his decade at Chelsea, has also been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Turkish club Besiktas.