Jose Mourinho will not allow Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to join Arsenal this summer despite reports suggesting otherwise, according to former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins, talkSPORT reports.
Cech is set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer after losing his first team place to Thibaut Courtois this season and has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.
David Ospina has gone about his business efficiently since coming into the team in January, but his lack of height and stature begs the question as to whether he can be our long-term No.1.
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As for Cech, Wilkins expects the Chelsea legend to move abroad rather than across London.
“If you look at Chelsea’s actions over the last few years, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, they were all sold outside the country so they couldn’t do any damage to the club in the Premier League,” Wilkins said.
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“Jose Mourinho will do the same with Petr Cech.”
We have some issues with Wilkins’ comments, however…
Firstly, Drogba, Anelka and Kalou were all released rather than sold and Mourinho wasn’t even the manager when the trio left Chelsea.
Secondly, Wilkins refuses to acknowledge the players Mourinho has allowed to sell to Premier League clubs since his return to west London. Juan Mata was allowed to join rivals Manchester United whilst Romelu Lukaku was sold to Everton. These were players that significantly bolstered other good outfits.
Finally, as Matt Law from The Telegraph suggests (via Sky Sports), Cech is clearly a special case and his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich makes Mourinho’s position in the situation rather irrelevant.
Chelsea hero Frank Lampard lined up against his beloved side twice this season for Manchester City – meaning anything is possible.