Cech set for summer Chelsea exit

Petr Cech is expected to leave Chelsea this summer after spending a year as back-up to Thibaut Courtois for the Premier League leaders, ESPN has reported.

Cech had been first choice at Stamford Bridge since moving to the club from Rennes in 2004 but Courtois, signed in 2011 but loaned to Atletico Madrid for three years, usurped the incumbent upon returning from the Spanish champions.

Courtois played more than 150 games for Atletico in his three years at the Vincente Calderon, at one point helping Los Colchoneros eliminate Chelsea from the Champions League at the semi-final stage, and was picked as first-choice goalkeeper by manager Jose Mourinho after his time in Spain came to an end.

Cech has started four times in the league this season, having started 34 times last season, and says that while he gets along with his Belgian teammate, it’s not a long-term solution. The 32-year-old also stressed that he does not have a new club already arranged and will decide his future at the end of the season.

“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” he told Czech website Idnes. “But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.

“There always will be speculation. I leave it for the summer,” Cech added. “It will be important to sit down with the club and with the manager to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best. When a specific offer comes I will consider it. There are offers one cannot turn down.”

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