Mourinho keen for Cech to stay

Mourinho keen for Cech to stay

Petr Cech will not be going anywhere if Jose Mourinho gets his way, even if it means upsetting the long-serving Chelsea goalkeeper.

This has been a difficult campaign for the 32-year-old, having been displaced as first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge after 10 seasons.

Mourinho has plumped for Thibaut Courtois more often than not this term, leaving the Czech international understandably frustrated not to be playing a more regular role.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a summer move, but Mourinho wants Cech to remain at Stamford Bridge and certainly does not want him going to another Premier League side.

“One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is Mr Abramovich and another thing is the board because the board includes a little bit of me, a little bit of other people,” he said.

“But if it was me, if it was my decision, my decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay.”

Such a stance may upset Cech but Mourinho said he would be willing to go against the will of the player for the betterment of the club.

“I think that the club is more important than the players and, as was proved this season, the club needs two very good goalkeepers,” he said.

More in this Section

Eriksen writes letter to Spurs fans following Inter switchEriksen writes letter to Spurs fans following Inter switch

Australian Open day 10: World number one Nadal beaten by inspired ThiemAustralian Open day 10: World number one Nadal beaten by inspired Thiem

World No 1 Koepka commits to Adare ManorWorld No 1 Koepka commits to Adare Manor

Rockwell hold Bandon scoreless to progress to Senior Cup quarter-finalRockwell hold Bandon scoreless to progress to Senior Cup quarter-final


Lifestyle

They’re still a fairly new phenomenon on the interiors scene, but the growing popularity of listening to podcasts has provided us with an easy-to-access source of ideas and advice, writes Carol O’Callaghan.Listen and learn: How podcasts can help you source cool interiors ideas

Live your cheese dream for one night only.Video: The world’s first cheese hotel has opened its doors

For Galway-based nature lover and grandmother, Marion Edler-Burke, forest-walking is balm for the soul.Parents for the Planet: It’s revitalising to see the wood and the trees

Working outside in your front garden can help people meet and encourage neighbours to become friends, says Hannah Stephenson.How your garden can help you make new friends

More From The Irish Examiner