The Chelsea boss is desperate to hold onto the 32-year-old goalkeeper, even if it means keeping him against his will, and praised his integral role in the Blues’ title triumph
Jose Mourinho says he is ready to block Petr Cech from leaving Chelsea this summer and has no intention of allowing him to join a Premier League rival.
The Portuguese installed Thibaut Courtois as the Blues’ No.1 goalkeeper with Cech forced to play second fiddle, prompting reported interest from a host of clubs including Arsenal and PSG.
But, as revealed exclusively by Goal on Friday, Chelsea have privately told the Gunners that they have “no chance” of signing the 32-year-old.
Mourinho has reiterated that stance, saying he wants two world-class keepers even if that means keeping Cech in west London against his will – though he admits the decision is not entirely in his hands.
“One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is [Roman] Abramovich, and another thing is the board, because the board is a little bit of me and a little bit of other people,” Mourinho told reporters.
“If it was me, if it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay. Even against his will? Yes.
“I think that the club is more important than the player and, as was true this season, the club needs two very good goalkeepers.
“Without Petr this season, I don’t think the club would be champions because he played six important matches in the Premier League. Without these points, we probably wouldn’t be champions.
“For me, decision number one, Petr will stay. After that, second point, to go but not in England. The option I don’t want is for him to go to an English club.
“But, I repeat, I am just the manager and he means so much for this club and what he did in this club, I think he deserves everything from this club. If the club decision is different to mine I will accept it.”
Cech has made six Premier League appearances this season, five of which were starts, conceding just one goal and keeping five clean sheets, with the Blues winning every match in which he has featured.