The shifting sands at Chelsea have not been kind to Petr Cech, who remains stranded behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
With just 66 minutes of Premier League football under his belt this season, the 32-year-old longtime Blues star finds himself sitting in a difficult position.
Given Courtois’ young age and superb talent, there’s little chance that the Czech international will ever regain his place as the club’s undisputed number one.
Naturally, a move away from the club he has served brilliantly for over 10 years has been mooted for Cech. But his future still remains a bit of a mystery.
Cech told the press in his homeland in October that he would seek an exit should things not improve at Chelsea, though Jose Mourinho has been coy on the subject.
Last month Mourinho said the 32-year-old had never informed him of a desire to leave, with ‘zero proposals’ for the goalkeeper having landed on his desk from other clubs.
There are plenty of sides interested in taking on Cech – Arsenal are reportedly one of them – though Roma seemingly have become frontrunners for him of late.
But Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar says that he has not spoken to the Giallorossi about the Chelsea man, entirely ruling out a January escape from Stamford Bridge.
Kolar told Rete Sport: “There hasn’t been any contact with Roma and Petr certainly won’t be moving during the January transfer window.”
The representative’s statement arrives on the same day that Roma extended the contract of their current number one, 37-year-old Morgan De Sanctis, until 2016.
Alongside Cech, the Giallorossi have also been heavily linked with Genoa youngster Mattia Perin, widely hailed as the heir to Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon.
De Sanctis’ renewal doesn’t completely rule out the club signing another goalkeeper given that he is in the twilight of his career, but Cech won’t be joining in January.
The Chelsea star could still have a role to play in the Blues’ pursuit of the Premier League title, as he’d provide sure-handed cover for Courtois should the Belgian get injured.
Cech may well be on his way out of Chelsea come next summer, but for the remainder of the season will seemingly bide his time at Stamford Bridge.