Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given the biggest hint yet that goalkeeper Petr Cech could join Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer.
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The Blues boss appeared resigned to losing the world class 32-year-old keeper to their London rivals at the end of the season when speaking at a post-match press conference following his side’s 3-0 defeat against West Brom on Monday night:
“If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams. Big candidates to win the Premier League. I would never let him go.” Mourinho said in an interview with talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Breakfast show obtained by Mirror Online.
“But it’s not in my hands. My perfect scenario is that he stays with us, I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too.” The Portuguese manager added.
Cech, who missed the game at the Hawthorns, is thought to be ready to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer in order to play first team football next season after losing his place in the team to young Belgian Thibaut Courtois at the start of the campaign.
The Gunners have been credited with a strong interest in the Czech Republic international as they look to strengthen in that department but it was revealed in The Guardian two weeks ago that manager Jose Mourinho was prepared to block any deal, however, it appears now that he is ready to concede defeat.