Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic has revealed his unhappiness at the Premier League champions opting to grant Petr Cech a £10m transfer to London rivals Arsenal, and is hoping that his form drops in north London next season:
“Petr is a great guy and a great keeper,” as quoted by Sky Sports. “It is going to be a very important signing for them.
“But I am not happy because of that. We know that he is very professional. He is one of the best keepers. And I hope this season he does not perform as he did here for 10/11 years.”
Nonetheless, the Serbia international may have eased the hurt Chelsea supporters may be feeling at present, as the midfielder confirmed that remaining in the English capital was a key reason behind the 33-year-old’s move to the Emirates.
“I am happy for him because he gets to stay in London, which for him and his family was very important. I wish him all the best.”
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Cech got his hands on his first piece of silverware with the Gunners at the weekend, as Arsene Wenger’s side were triumphant in the Barclays Asia Trophy – sealing the title with a 3-1 win over Everton in the final of the pre-season competition.
The former Blues goalkeeper showed glimpses of the supreme quality that Arsenal have acquired in goal this summer, making a number of fine saves – including this finger-tip stop against the Toffees:
Chelsea, meanwhile, are currently preparing to take on New York Red Bulls in their pre-season tour of North America, which will be followed by blockbuster clashes versus Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.