Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has called for Jose Mourinho to try and keep Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.
The 37-year-old is leaving the Blues himself after helping them to the Premier League title in his second spell, but doesn’t want to see another fan favourite depart at the same time. Cech found himself on the substitutes’ bench for much of the last campaign, with Thibaut Courtois taking the number one jersey upon returning from his loan at Atletico Madrid.
Given Cech’s clear prowess in the position, it would not be a surprise if the 33-year-old left for a side where he will play more often. The Czech Republic international is still able to play at the highest level and could well go to one of Chelsea’s direct rivals such as Arsenal, which would make the move even more difficult for fans.
However, Drogba believes Chelsea should do everything in their power to retain the services of Cech.
“The club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club,” explained the Ivorian to the Daily Express. “Look at the fans’ reaction to him.
“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!”
On the other hand Drogba has no qualms about leaving for similar reasons, and is already fielding enquiries as to his availability.
He added: “I spoke with Jose and the board and both of us found an agreement. Next year I want to have more minutes than I have had now, I just want to play, and finish maybe on a high. This year I didn’t have that feeling. I felt I could still play, and I still want to enjoy it before I stop.
“For me to stay here and to finish with frustration, that is not possible, so we all agreed what is good for all of us. The team needs to be stronger next year, to compete in the Champions League, and they are going to buy new players, and also we have young players coming up. It’s time to give them a chance.
“Since I put it out that I was leaving I was in the dressing room and I was already receiving calls from teams. It showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team.”