Mourinho: Cech's future is out of my hands

The goalkeeper has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United but the Chelsea boss remains hopeful that he will stay at the club

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted the future of goalkeeper Petr Cech is out of his hands ahead of the summer transfer window.

Having fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season, the Czech Republic international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with his signature, and Mourinho understands why Cech may want to leave but he is hopeful he will stay in west London.

“My perfect scenario is that he stays with us. He belongs with this club, and this club belongs to his history and his life,” he told TalkSport.

“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, a fantastic squad man in the dressing room. I tried to prove the respect I have for him by playing him in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup final.

“I played him in the Champions League. I gave him matches in the Premier League.

“I tried to make him feel important, as he is, but I can imagine at 32 or 33, he still feels young and has the passion and desire to play every game.

“If it’s in my hands, he would never go. He would never go to big clubs and fantastic teams, big candidates who want to win the Premier League. I would never let him go, but it’s not in my hands.”