The ever-professional Petr Cech featured in Chelsea’s 3-1 League Cup victory away at Derby County last night but that is only his fifth appearance of the season.
His first team chances have been limited by the impressive, young Thibaut Courtois, who has adapted to life at Chelsea exceptionally well.
Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, had to make a difficult decision to drop the Czech Republic legend for Courtois as he risked losing him on a permanent basis after successful long-term loan spell at Atletico Madrid.
Cech has a decision to make himself on whether or not to call time on his 11-year Chelsea career.
Petr Cech has a number of personal accolades and has written himself into Chelsea folklore, with penalty saves in the FA Cup final and Champions League final (in the game and the shootout).
He’s now in a similar position to Carlo Cudicini, the man who was a fan favourite at the club but was replaced by a young Cech in 2004.
Cech can take a lot from Cudicini’s decision to wait another three years of infrequent appearances to depart from the club, as he wanted to remain part of a history-making squad.
Cech’s Chelsea honours:
- Premier League: 2004/05 – 2005/06 – 2009/10
- FA Cup: 2007 – 2009 – 2010 – 2012
- League Cup: 2005 – 2007
- Champions League: Runner-up 2008 – Winner 2012
- Europa League: Winner 2013
- Chelsea’s all-time clean sheet holder
The difference between the two is that Cech has won almost everything possible with Chelsea and it could be time to seek a new challenge.
A possible destination would be Real Madrid, who have a decision to make themselves with the future of Iker Casillas still in doubt. The Spanish international has struggled for consistent form and there has been continuous speculation over where he will go next.
A move to Madrid would see Cech link up with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, with whom he enjoyed Chelsea’s first double winning season in 2010.
To this point, Cech hasn’t expressed any desires to depart but as we know, all footballers are frustrated at a lack of playing time, especially when many refer to him as one of the five best goalkeepers worldwide.
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