Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to make Petr Cech the club’s new vice-captain in a bid to convince him to stay put, according to reports from The Metro.

The Czech Republic international has been heavily linked with a switch away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with rumours suggesting that the Londoners are set to make Thibaut Courtois – who shone on loan with Atletico Madrid – their No. 1 for next season.

Cech is unlikely to be keen to sit on the bench after almost 10 years as the club’s first choice stopper, which has lured in interest from PSG and Monaco.

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But even though the young Belgian may be the man behind the sticks, Mourinho is ready to hand Cech the vice captaincy role following Frank Lampard’s exit.

The position would make the ‘keeper second in command to Chelsea icon John Terry, who has been the team’s skipper for some time.

The glovesman’s agent has revealed that the player himself is content in London, but that he is keeping his options open.

Mourinho is keen to keep Cech as an experienced head as back-up for Courtois.

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