Petr Cech has opened the door for a move away from Chelsea by revealing that he’s not ready to play a back-up role to Thibaut Courtois.

The Czech Republic international has been a mainstay in the Blues first XI for most of the last 10 years, but his role is in some doubt for next term.

After three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, Courtois has returned to west London, with rumours indicating that Jose Mourinho is ready to make the young Belgian his No.1.

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The 22-yearold ahs emerged as one of Europe’s best stoppers in recent years, but in order to keep him the club may have to relent to his desire to be a starter at Stamford Bridge.

Cech himself has been linked with a move away, and the veteran ‘keeper has opened the door for a transfer by stating that he does not see himself as a second choice:

“I don’t want to be on the bench,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I don’t want to talk about ifs and buts. Let’s see how I am going and what happens.

“You know I always give my best and obviously that is all I can do. I will do my best and do everything I can do to be as ready as possible for when the season starts.

“Obviously Jose Mourinho will make his choice and decide how his team is going to look for the first game, second game, third game, whatever game.”

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