Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Petr Cech didn’t deserve to lose his first-team spot to Thibaut Courtois and stresses that the veteran remains a top-class option between the sticks.
Cech had been Chelsea’s undisputed first-choice since joining from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million, making 479 appearances during his 10 seasons in North London, while winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League.
Jose Mourinho, however, has opted to hand the number one job to the promising Courtois for the start of the new campaign, following three seasons spent on loan at Atletico Madrid, and Bosnich thinks the 32-year-old can count himself extremely unfortunate.
‘People should not forget what Petr Cech has been over the last ten years for Chelsea. He has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best, and he has won every single trophy at Chelsea,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘He hasn’t done anything wrong in my book. I feel very sorry for him.’
While most assume Cech to be on the lookout for a move following his demotion, Mourinho has stated that he wants the Czech Republic International to remain at the club to fight for his place, in a decision which Bosnich thinks is understandable on the manager’s part.
‘Jose Mourinho saying he wants to keep both goalkeepers is perfectly understandable,’ he added.
‘Not winning a trophy last season would have hurt him and he will want two players for every position and the best players possible to him.
‘There are a lot of games to play and with the squad that they have got, although Jose Mourinho can’t say it, they can quite possibly win every trophy going and he will want to make sure he has back-up for every position, and that includes goalkeeper.’
Still well-regarded across Europe, Cech is sure to have a host of top teams courting his signature if he does demand a move over the coming weeks but, as an undoubted club legend, such an outcome will no doubt fill Chelsea fans with a great deal of sadness.