After Jose Mourinho declared Thibaut Courtois the starter for Chelsea FC’s Premier League opener against Burnley FC many believed it was a foregone conclusion that Petr Cech is on his way out of the club. It appears instead that according to comments by Jose Mourinho, Cech has not asked to leave Chelsea despite being the second choice keeper.
Mourinho said about Petr Cech, “He didn’t ask [to leave] and I hope he does not ask. I want to keep him and hopefully he stays. No player is happy when not playing every game.” He also said, “Sometimes they are not happy when you give them a rest and rotate. I do not know one player not unhappy when not playing but I have known Petr for 10 years. He will not relax and say, ‘I have no chance’”.
Despite being second choice, it makes a fair amount of sense for Cech to stay at Chelsea for at least one more season. If he stays for one more season and still gets a fair amount of playing time considering Chelsea’s busy fixture schedule, then he can prove to potential suitors that he still has “it”. He played well in preseason but there is no replacement for prime time match action.
Chelsea also has no financial need to sell the keeper and may be able to find another way to solve their foreign player problem by selling Fernando Torres or loaning out one of their many attacking midfielders. This way they get to hold on to one of their most prized assets and keep the luxury of having two of the world’s best keepers in the squad.
There is also the incentive of allowing Petr Cech to mentor Thibaut Courtois on the ins and outs of his Premier League opponents and Cech’s tremendous experience will come in handy. Courtois has been exposed to much more than your average 22 year old keeper but there is still much he can learn from a true professional like Cech.
Much of this talk goes out of the window if a team like Monaco or PSG comes calling with a truly ridiculous offer for Petr Cech. However given his record of service with the club one would hope that Chelsea would allow Cech to choose his next team. He is still one of the best keepers in the world and deserves to be at one of Europe’s top clubs so PSG would make more sense than a move to Monaco. Ultimately his destination should be left up to the Czech keeper, within reason of course.
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