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Real Madrid enter race to sign Chelsea star

Bernabeu side chase Stamford Bridge keeper.

Real Madrid are ready to turn their attentions to Chelsea keeper Petr Cech if they fail to land first choice target David de Gea according to The Sun.

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The Bernabeu side have long been linked with a move to bring in the Man United custodian but fear that the Spanish international may elect to remain at Old Trafford and have therefore set in place a back-up option, says the report.

The 33-year-old Czech Republic international has played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge and isn’t likely to want a repeat of the experience next term.

Cech is simply too good a keeper, arguably still one of the best goalkeepers in world football, to be left warming the bench and a move to reunite with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in the Spanish capital may well appeal to him. Ancelotti managed Cech during his stint with Chelsea of course, and won both the Premier League and the FA Cup in his debut season.

Having spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, and developing into a hugely impressive goalkeeper in his time in the Spanish capital, Thibaut Courtois certainly earned the right to prove himself at Chelsea. The young Belgian has adapted well to life in the Premier League, and Cech’s deserving of a first team place at a top club is no slight on his Stamford Bridge rival.

What’s more, there’s a clear need for a top goalkeeper at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Ancelotti has seen his Real Madrid side pipped to a La Liga title by arch rivals Barcelona and a cursory glance at the table reveals one startling statistic:

Whereas Real Madrid have outscored Barcelona, netting 111 to the Catalan side’s 108, they have also conceded almost twice as many goals so far.

Iker Casillas hasn’t commanded his penalty area with any confidence and having a ‘shaky’ keeper can have the knock on effect of destabilising a side’s defence.

A host of clubs are reportedly keen on Cech, the Daily Mail believe Arsenal fancy the Blues star, whilst the Independent claim Man United are tracking the Stamford Bridge man.

Cech is one of the most dependable keepers around and the timing of his situation at Chelsea could well be to Real Madrid’s benefit.

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