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Cech eyes Arsenal, United, PSG switch


CECH-COURTOISLONDON, May 19- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he is powerless to stop his goalkeeper Petr Cech signing for one of the Blues big Premier League rivals this summer.

Cech has hinted that he is keen end his stint as backup keeper to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, as he prepares to bring the curtain on a trophy-laden 11-year stay at the Stamford Bridge club.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move to the 32-year-old, yet the suspicion was that Mourinho would be reluctant to allow Cech to make the move to one of Chelsea’s domestic rivals.

However, he has now confirmed in an interview with talkSPORT that he is not in a position to block a transfer for Cech to Arsenal or United, even though he has again reiterated his eagerness to keep the player in his squad.

“If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams, big candidates to win the Premier League, but it’s not in my hands,” Mourinho stated.

“My perfect scenario is that he stays with us. I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too.

“He is a fantastic keeper, fantastic dressing room and squad man. I tried to prove the respect I have for him. I played him in the cups, gave him matches in the Premier League.

“I can imagine that a 32 or 33-year-old keeper feels young and feels the passion to play every game.”

-Wenger coy-

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to answer questions on his possible interest in Cech when quizzed by reporters last Friday, while Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has suggested he has drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace David de Gea if he moves to Real Madrid this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain are another club being linked with a move for Cech, but Mourinho appears to be suggesting the player and the club’s hierarchy will have final say in the destination of a keeper who will collect his fourth Premier League winners’ medal at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.

Cech would like to join Arsenal, Manchester United or PSG according to his agent Viktor Kolar.

Czech Republic international Cech has spent 11 years at Chelsea, helping them lift four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League, but has slipped behind number one Thibaut Courtois this season.

Kolar spoke to Czech journalist Karel Haring from Sport, who revealed on Twitter that the 32-year-old goalkeeper would like to join one of the three clubs when he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for his services, while Kolar said last week that Turkish club Besiktas are in discussions over a potential deal.

He said: “Petr has a valid contract with his current club, however, I can confirm that we have been ‘permitted’ by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties and Petr has confirmed his interest to play regularly at a top club.”