Petr Cech is not looking to leave Chelsea but that situation could change, according to Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar. Transfer rumours surrounding Cech have intensified in the last few weeks after Jose Mourinho’s confirmation that Thibaut Courtois will stay at Chelsea in the coming season. Courtois has already stated that he has no idea of returning to Chelsea if he does not start matches. It is highly unlikely that Cech, as one of the top goalkeepers in the world, will be happy to be demoted to the bench.
As a result, there is a good chance that Cech may not be a Chelsea player when Chelsea take on Burnley in the first match of the Premier League 2014-15 season at Turf Moor. Premier league betting odds from Betfair places the blues as 4/11 to win this opening match.
Cech may have just turned 32, but he still could offer more than six years of top-level football. After all, this is the prime age for a goalkeeper. It is not surprising when Kolar states that quite a few top clubs are interested in him. The list includes Paris St Germain and Monaco, but Kolar has also not ruled out the possibility of speaking with Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two Spanish clubs are likely to show serious interest in Cech given that they are well equipped in this area.
Barcelona were looking to sign top goalkeepers a few months ago. Their pursuit ended after the arrival of Marc-André ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo. Even Iker Casillas is struggling to get into the Real Madrid first-team and it says a lot about Madrid’s strength in this area.
Monaco are set to complete the signing of former Barcelona star Victor Valdes in the next few weeks. This is likely to end their interest as well. This would leave only PSG as a potential destination. Salvatore Sirigu is the number one at PSG and the French giants may well consider replacing him with Cech. After having blown most of their transfer funds, which is now regulated by UEFA, PSG may have to sign Cech, if they are interested, initially on a loan deal followed by a permanent move next summer.
The confusion surrounding the future of Cech comes because of one person, Thibaut Courtois.
When Chelsea signed Courtois from Genk in 2011, a few eyebrows were raised because many knew that this was not going to be just another youngster who will probably play no part in Chelsea’s future. There have been numerous cases of youngsters arriving to Chelsea for a couple of million pounds only to be shipped elsewhere after a few years. Courtois’ arrival, though, was taken with a little more seriousness. It was primarily because the blues had paid £5 million for a teenage goalkeeper.
Even the most optimistic Chelsea fans expected him to be Petr Cech’s replacement five or six years down the line. However, the progress he has made in the last three years has been nothing short of spectacular. Courtois has gone from being considered as one of the talented goalkeeper in the world to one of the best, period. In the last three years at Atletico Madrid, he has already accumulated numerous titles including the la Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and Europa League. There has been a Champions League runners-up medal as well.
Courtois has also been doing well at the World Cup 2014. Betfair gives odds of 6/1 for Courtois to finish the tournament with the Golden Glove award. Courtois has kept two sheets so far. Hugo Lloris leads the way with three.
It is time to take Courtois seriously. Jose Mourinho announced a few weeks ago that the 22-year-old will not be going out on loan for the coming campaign. By his own admission, Courtois is not going to be on the bench.
At the time of his signing, Courtois said: “I am happy the other day that I could speak with Petr Cech and also I can play at the same club as him in the future because he is one of my idols.”
How ironic is it that someone who once considered, and probably still does, Petr Cech as an idol, should ultimately force him out of the club. Those are the laws of nature.