Petr Cech has been urged to leave Chelsea by the young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, to a club where he would be the first choice in the goalkeeping role.
The Czech international has been phenomenal in the golden decade under the Rich, Russian, Roman Abramovich. However, in recent times, Cech has been forced onto the sidelines after the re-acquirement of Courtois, who spent three fantastic years on loan at Atletico Madrid. Back then, it was Jose Mourinho himself who kick-started the Czech’s Blues career by making him the first choice keeper after an unfortunate injury to Carlo Cudicini. Deja Vu rings have been ringing all over Stamford Bridge this season. Petr Cech is now facing the exact situation faced by the then favourite Carlo Cudicini.
Cech, 32, still has plenty to offer, but Courtois is a decade younger and has been extremely successful at filling the big gloves; if not a better alternative to the Czech. Cech being one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Courtois is bound to feel the same and has admitted his understanding and empathy for Petr Cech. Hence as a piece of advice the Belgian advised thus to his team-mate and Premier League’s all time greatest goalkeeper:
“As a goalkeeper you want to play. If I was in that situation where I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too. I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.”
Considering the Belgian’s age and potential to be one of the best goalkeepers, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have opted to play Thibaut, thereby forcing Cech on to the sidelines. With Cech still being one of the best goalkeepers in the world, it would be a shame for the Czech international and the Blues to waste his talent on the bench. With 4-5 years of prime left in him, many prestigious club like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, PSG and AS Monaco are thought to be waiting on the door with lucrative offers to secure his services should Chelsea decide to part ways.
Cech has failed to make considerable appearances this term except for a few cup games. With no possibility of a loan move, a permanent move is probably the best way further. It will be of no surprise if at the end of January Cech would be plying his trade in colours other than blue.
Edited By: Ojas Tripathi