Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that he will have to look for a solution if he continues to be confined to the bench over the coming months.
Signing from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million, Cech has made 481 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League in the process.
With Jose Mourinho opting to hand Belgian international Thibaut Courtois the number one job at the start of campaign, however, following three seasons spent on loan at La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, the 32-year-old shot-stopper admits that he is far from happy with his current plight.
‘I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,’ he told Czech radio.
‘With the European Champions in 2016 and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play.
‘I have not spoken to anybody at the club but if the situation will not start to improve for me then I will want to solve it.’
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Cech saw his first taste of league action this season in the weekend’s 2-0 home win over Arsenal, after Courtois was forced off in the 24th-minute with a concussion following a collision with Alexis Sanchez.
The 22-year-old is not a long-term concern, however, and is expected to join up with the Belgium squad on Thursday ahead of the side's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Andorra and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Cech was linked to a host of major European clubs during the final weeks of transfer deadline following news of his benching, including Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and even Real Madrid, and such teams could have interest come the winter transfer window if the veteran remains unsettled.