Petr Cech looks increasingly likely to leave Chelsea this January with the Czech Republic international unhappy at playing second fiddle to Thibalt Courtois at Stamford Bridge – but where will the 32-year-old go?
Speaking to Czech Radio, the former Rennes goalkeeper offered a frank assessment of his season so far and his future with the Blues.
Cech said: "I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine… with the European Championships 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."
With the goalkeeper’s agent previously ruling out a move to Serie A, three clubs could be first in line to land the three-time Premier League winner - their chances are assessed below.
Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp was reportedly offered the 32-year-old on a season-long loan prior to the close of the summer transfer window and with a move to QPR offering Cech the opportunity to play more regular Premier League football without moving away from London, it remains a viable option.
The Rs would jump at the chance to sign the experienced keeper, despite the presence of Robert Green, with Rangers shipping 10 goals over their last four games alone. Whether the Europa League and Champions League winner would take the step down, however, is another question.
Paris Saint Germain
The Parisiens long-term pursuit of Hugo Lloris ended in disappointment after the Tottenham goalkeeper put pen to paper on a new contract with the White Hart Lane club but Laurent Blanc could have more luck with Cech, who was also linked to PSG over the summer.
Salvatore Sirigu is currently first choice, but after poor showings against Ajax and Barcelona in the Champions League as well as Rennes and Monaco in Ligue 1, a move back to Serie A could beckon for the Italian. Cech’s arrival would be a boost to a side eight points off league leaders Marseille.
Languishing around the lower half of the Ligue 1 standings after an indifferent start to the season under new manager Jardim, the Principality Club could do with a star keeper to match their ambitions, after previously pulled out of a deal for ex-Barcelona favourite Victor Valdes.
Having started well in the Champions League, a move to Monaco could offer Cech the chance to carry on playing in Europe’s premier cup competition for a team where his main rival is Croatian unknown Danjiel Subasic. Also linked with a summer bid, this may prove a tempting prospect to Cech.