Jose Mourinho is adamant that Petr Cech is a vital member of his Chelsea side, despite his lack of playing time this season.
The 32-year-old stopper had been the Blues’ undisputed No. 1 for the best part of ten years, before Thibaut Courtois returned to Stamford Bridge from an extended loan spell at Atletico Madrid.
Since his west London comeback, the Belgian has been a virtual ever-present for Jose Mourinho, and appears to have completely won over the Portuguese coach with his consistent showings.
This has led to talk that there’s no way back for Cech, prompting rumours that the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and PSG are eyeing him ahead of January.
But Mourinho has poured cold water n such speculation by telling Yahoo Eurosport that the Czech Republic veteran remains vital to his plans:
“The most important thing is what he brings to the team on the pitch, which is top quality.
“When Courtois was injured against Arsenal and Petr Cech comes to play on minute 20, I was so calm. I wasn’t worried about a change of goalkeeper.
“So when you have on the bench a super goalkeeper like Petr Cech this is the most important thing.
“I have to feed that ambition to keep him… I’m not saying happy happy, because to be happy a player must play every game… but at least to make him feel that we like him, we respect him and we need him.”