Thibaut Courtois was promoted to the No.1 position over Petr Čech at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, and it is unlikely that Čech will replace the Belgian, after his excellent season at Chelsea. At age 33, the Czech Republic international has at least 4 to 5 good years remaining in his goalkeeping career. Arsenal has recently shown strong interest in him, but José Mourinho is against a move to their London rivals.
Čech is hesitant to leave his home at Weybridge, Surrey, where he moved in with his wife Martina in 2005, after a summer transfer to Chelsea in July 2004. He is readying himself for a soon-to-be-held talk with the Chelsea board, regarding his current situation at the club, which he is not happy with. He said, “Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table. If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.” He is currently raising two children, daughter Adéla and son Damián, along with his wife in their Weybridge Home.
The goalkeeper has a good relationship with both club owner Roman Abramovich and manager José Mourinho. Čech is optimistic about where his future lays ahead of this summer transfer window, and hopes to work out a move to another club, preferably within London. He said, “I believe for what I have done for the club and what the club has done for me, we can arrange so we are all happy.” But José Mourinho is absolutely against losing Čech, and deems a possible move to Arsenal a no-brainer.
Mourinho stated, “It would make no sense to lose a goalkeeper of Čech’s quality and it would make even less if he were to be allowed to strengthen a direct rival like Arsenal. Although, considering the uncertainty regarding the Hugo Lloris situation at Tottenham Hotspurs, Chairman Daniel Levy may provide an alternative destination to Čech. Mourinho might just prefer to let his veteran stopper leave Chelsea to join Spurs over Arsenal. If Lloris gets his move to Manchester United after David de Gea’s transfer to Real Madrid, Čech could easily take over the vacant goalkeeper position at Spurs. Tottenham are playing in the Europa League, and has an ambitious young manager at their helm, this maybe the sweet career reboot that Čech looks to seek.