Petr Cech set for Chelsea recall - report

Jose Mourinho is to recall Petr Cech to the Chelsea starting line-up - so he doesn’t leave in January.

Cech has started just three games for the Blues this season - whilst making one substitute appearance in the Premier League - having lost his place in the starting line-up to Thibaut Courtois.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper has been placed in the same situation as found at Stamford Bridge upon his arrival 10-years ago, when he replaced Blues veteran Carlo Cudicini at the age of 22 - the same age as Courtois.

He has been used sparingly by head coach Jose Mourinho - with outings in the League Cup and Champions League - and the Czech international stopper has admitted that he may be forced to leave the club if his playing opportunities do not increase in West London, and, whilst his international future is not under threat, he will be wasted as a constant substitute whilst still being regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Real Madrid and PSG are said to be interested in taking the Blues hero on a permanent deal, whilst Turkish side Besiktas could utilise their new partnership with Chelsea to take Cech until the end of the season, whereby he can reassess his situation at Stamford Bridge.

However, in an attempt to convince Cech to stay in West London past the January transfer window, the Telegraph is reporting that Mourinho is looking to recall the ‘keeper for Wednesday evening’s Champions League tie in Maribor. His only Champions League appearance this season came in the home tie with the Slovenian side, and another clean sheet for Cech could raise his chances of forcing his way into Mourinho’s Premier League plans - with title rivals Liverpool awaiting this weekend.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch