Chelsea star Petr Cech wants to fight for his place at Chelsea, according to his agent.
Petr Cech’s agent, Viktor Kola, has suggested that his client would like to have the opportunity to stay and fight for the number one spot at Chelsea.
The 32-year-old has monopolised the Blues’ goalkeeping position over the past decade, but appears to have been usurped by Thibaut Courtois this season and is now having to play a back-seat role.
Cech has established himself as one of the finest stoppers in the Premier League, but Courtois is considered the best young ‘keeper in world football and it is because of his age that the Belgian international has snuck ahead of the Stamford Bridge legend in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order.
It has led to speculation about Cech’s future at the club, with reports suggesting that he could be off to PSG, but his agent has appeared to suggest that he wants to stay at the club and do battle for the starting berth in Mourinho’s XI.
"I would like to believe that, with regard to Petr's ten years of service for Chelsea, the club will treat him with respect and will give him a chance to fight for the No.1 position," Kolar said.
Mourinho spoke of his desire to keep Cech at the club after his side’s 3-1 opening day win against Burnley, where Courtois started, so if he is to be believed then he will delighted by the news.
The charismatic manager says that he has the two of the three best goalkeepers at his disposal, but keeping both happy will be a challenge.
There is a feeling that Cech is simply too good a stopper to be kept as a number two and after years of first-team football he is likely to grow frustrated if he cannot displace Courtois in goal again.
Similarly, if the Czech Republican does force his way back into the starting line-up Mourinho risks disillusioning a custodian with the potential to be Chelsea’s first-choice for the next decade.
It is a tricky situation for Mourinho to balance, but having too much quality is a nice problem to have and he will encouraged that Cech’s initial future, at least, appears to remain at Stamford Bridge.