Petr Cech has been asked to snub offers from the rest of Europe and stay at Chelsea by the father of his rival for the Blues’ No. 1 spot, Thibaut Courtois.
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The Czech stopper is expected to depart Stamford Bridge after 11 years at the club in a bid to seek regular first team football next season and has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal as well as Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain [via Mirror Sport].
Similarly, Manchester United are also believed to be keen on Cech, and have considering the experienced goalkeeper as a potential replacement for David De Gea should the Spaniard move to Real Madrid [via Goal].
United legend Paul Scholes has even gone as far as to urge Louis van Gaal to make the stopper one of his summer transfer priorities, claiming he would be the ‘perfect replacement’ for De Gea [via the Daily Mail].
However, in an extraordinary turn of events, the 33-year-old has been asked to remain with the West London outfit by the father of the goalkeeper to whom he lost the number one jersey to at the beginning of the campaign.
Courtois’s father, Thierry, posted a message via his official Twitter account last week asking for Cech to extend his stay with the Blues.
@PetrCech The supporters want you to stay. I want also to thank you!
— Thierry Courtois (@Tchet08) May 24, 2015
Since moving to Stamford Bridge from Stade Rennais in 2004, Cech has claimed a litany of honours. He has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and a whole host of other competitions.