Petr Cech discussing new deal

Petr CechChelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has confirmed that the club have opened informal talks with Petr Cech over the goalkeeper’s contract, with the Stamford Bridge outfit keen to extend his deal.

The Czech Republic international has 18 months left on his current deal, and although he is a mainstay in the Premier League club’s starting XI, rumours have circulated regarding a potential exit the summer after next.

The Portuguese coach has dismissed this, and feels Cech is an integral part of his plans going forward.

“There are false stories about Petr Cech leaving the club,” the ex-Porto trainer told reporters at a press conference.

“We are trying to reach an agreement with Petr. He knows that we are trying to reach an agreement with him and that we are interested in renewing his contract.

“The goalkeeper position is very, very specific,” he stated.

Chelsea signed young Belgian goalkeeper Thibault Courtois in the summer, and the 19-year-old is currently impressing in a loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

Villas Boas has stated that he has a decision to make regarding Courtois, but that he will not be replacing Cech any time soon.

“Regarding Courtois, we have to make a decision. We won’t recall him in January, for sure.

“At the end of the season, we have to decide,” he concluded.

Cech can expect to be a busy man on Monday night, as Chelsea entertain Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

By Gareth McKnight