Arsenal given hope in Cech deal as Chelsea stopper wants to stay in London

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Arsenal have been given fresh hope of landing Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after he announced his intention to stay in London beyond the summer, according to The Telegraph.

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The veteran stopper is set to meet with Chelsea chiefs later this week to discuss his future, and has admitted that he would find it difficult to uproot his family from the capital.

However, though Arsenal have expressed an interest in his services, and will be encouraged by his apparent desire not to unsettle his loved ones, the 33-year-old will also assess his options and could still be open to a move overseas.

“I will decide based on what for me and my family was the best and it does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France and Spain,” he said.

“Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table. If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.”

Manchester United had also been keeping tabs on him, as they continue to look for an heir to David de Gea should he complete a move to Real Madrid at some point during the transfer window.

Cech is currently on international duty with the Czech Republic ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier with Iceland, but will hold talks with the Blues upon his return.

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