Petr Cech has admitted that his future at Chelsea is in the hands of the club, and has denied speculation that he could go out on loan in the winter transfer window.
Cech, 32, was linked to the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in August after losing his number one spot to Thibaut Courtois, but manager Jose Mourinho has continued to express his desire to keep the veteran at Stamford Bridge.
The Czech Republic international had stated just last month that he would look for a solution if he continued to be confined to the bench, with a shock loan move to Besiktas rumoured at one stage, but he now concedes that the Blues hold all the cards in deciding his fate.
“As concerns my future at Chelsea, it depends entirely on the club,” he told Czech reporters.
“Everyone is asking me what if and what will be. As a player, who has two years left on the contract, I cannot make choices. It is simple. If the club says 'You are staying here' then I will be staying. That's why I'm staying.”
Signing from Rennes in 2004 for £7 million, Cech has made 482 appearances during his time in west London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013.
Still well-regarded across Europe, he is sure to have a host of top teams courting his signature if his services do become available in the future but, as an undoubted club legend, such an outcome will no doubt sadden most Chelsea supporters.