With Thibaut Courtois’ two-year loan deal at Atletico Madrid coming to a close, longstanding Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has fallen out of favour at the club. Courtois started the club’s opening two league fixtures, and manager Jose Mourinho now expects Petr Cech to leave the club before the end of the transfer window.
If this is the case, 41 year-old Premier League veteran Mark Schwarzer will become the no. 2 goalkeeper at the club after making more than 500 EPL appearances in his career.
Paris St-Germain are currently odds-on favorites to sign the goalkeeper, and would be forced to compete with Italian Salvatore Sirigu for the #1 spot. Other potential suitors include Monaco and Liverpool, while there are suggestions that Real Madrid – despite recently signing Kaylor Navas – and Atletico Madrid – who signed Miguel Moya and Jan Oblak – could be monitoring Cech’s situation.
Jose Mourinho stated that he is refusing to apologise to Petr Cech, despite not telling him about his demotion to second choice goalkeeper. Asked if he had spoken with Cech on a personal level, Mourinho responded,
“No. Because if I speak with him, tomorrow I have to speak to another one, another one, another one. I’ve never done this in my career. I don’t have to speak to players about decisions.”
Despite going on to become of the best goalkeepers in Chelsea’s history, Mourinho is adamant that he will not treat Cech differently to other players.
“I don’t make exceptions, no. I didn’t with Frank Lampard. I didn’t with anyone, with Drogba before the last game. I don’t speak with players about that. I never did. Is Petr totally happy? I don’t believe. But it’s not just him. It’s everyone who didn’t start the [Burnley] game.”
Cech, who signed for Chelsea from Rennes in an $11 million deal in 2004, has gone on to make 470 appearances in all competitions for the club thusfar. Still just 32, the talented goalkeeper still has many more seasons ahead of him.