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Mourinho: “I can’t stop Cech leaving for United or Arsenal”

hi-res-e73868e92601d9ead24010348b4c6a7f_crop_northJose Mourinho has admitted he can’t prevent Petr Cech from leaving Stamford Bridge to join Arsenal, Manchester United or PSG.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Mondat night, the Portuguese manager said the future of the Czech Republic international was “out of his hands”.

“If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams, which are big candidates to win the Premier League,” said Mourinho.

“I would never let him go. But it’s not in my hands.

“My perfect scenario is that he stays with us, I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too.”

Cech lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, although Mourinho insisted that he gave the former Chelsea’s number 1 chances to prove himself this season.

“He is a fantastic keeper, fantastic dressing room and squad man. I tried to prove the respect I have for him,” said the Chelsea manager.

“I played him in the cups, gave him matches in the Premier League. I can imagine that a 32 or 33 year old keeper feels young and feels the passion to play every game.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Cech’s Viktor Kolar told the London Evening Standard: “Arsenal, United or PSG are all top clubs and Petr would like to join one of them, definitely.

“Petr expects that Roman Abramovich, not Jose Mourinho, will decide about his future, based on their mutual agreement from last year.”