Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects goalkeeper Petr Cech to remain at the club beyond the summer amid speculation linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Cech is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Blues and quotes emerged during the week suggesting that he was contemplating a move to Turkish side Besiktas, with his agent claiming that he can speak to other clubs – as reported by the Guardian.
But Mourinho seemed to dismiss those rumours on Friday, telling reporters: “I’m not sure it is completely true.
“The player has a contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will have an important say in the decision.
“I would like him to stay and that’s my position.
“I expect [he will be here] because I’m optimistic and I’d like him to stay."
Cech has been playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois for much of the season, with the Belgian impressing as the club's number one goalkeeper, leaving Cech to feature every now and again, not on the regular basis that would be expected of a goalkeeper of his stature.
The Chelsea boss also said that Kurt Zouma, Oscar and Ramires will not feature for the remainder of the campaign but admitted that Diego Costa could be ready for Monday's trip to the Hawthorns, a game that Mourinho wants to win although the Premier League title is already wrapped up.
On the challenge he is expecting Tony Pulis’ side to pose, Mourinho added: “We all have to respect the game to get the right result.
“For sure, they want to win their last game at home.
“The more points the better.”
Mourinho was also pressed on any summer transfer business, but stressed that the make-up of his squad won't change much going into next season.
He said: "Every player is linked to us, some because they want to come, some because they just want better contracts at their clubs.
"We know what we want and, I repeat, it's not much."