It looks like the Chelsea goalkeeping saga is still in full swing.
Chelsea hero-turned-backup Petr Cech has spoken out about his feelings on being relegated to the bench, and hinted at a possible move away from Stamford Bridge if he does not see more playing time.
“I have not spoken to anyone, but I think they know me well enough at the club to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine.
With the Euros (in 2016) and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play. If the situation will not start to improve for me, then I will want to solve it.”
Cech has been bumped in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order after the return of Thibaut Courtois from a loan spell in Spain. Courtois, who is ten years younger than Cech, has put himself in the conversation for the best goalkeeper in the world with his form for Atletico and Belgium over the past few seasons.
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With Courtois clearly the choice for Chelsea moving forward, it seems Cech has realized he must move away from Stamford Bridge if he wants to get consistent first-team minutes. At 32 years old, Cech would command a high price for his talents, as he still can compete with the top keepers in Europe.
Cech made his first league appearance this season in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, replacing an injured Thibaut Courtois. Courtois, who went down with a concussion, will have the international break to recover from his injury. It’s unfortunate timing for Cech, who would have been thrust back into the starting role had Courtois not had an elongated break from Premier League play.
Rumors of Cech’s Chelsea exit have been swirling since Courtois’ return, and it looks like Cech has finally had enough. Come the January transfer window, look for Petr Cech to be one of the more high-profile players on the market.