Transfer News: Petr Cech Would Prefer Arsenal Move, Claims Chelsea Coach

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Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon claims that goalkeeper Petr Cech prefers to move to Arsenal Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has bolstered reports indicating that goalkeeper Petr Cech would prefer a move to Arsenal.

The 33-year-old lost his spot in the first-team to Thibaut Courtois and is looking for an opportunity to showcase his world-class talent, which is still beyond question at this juncture. As things stand, one of his priority is to remain in the Premier League since it would be one of the more beneficial decisions for his family since they would no longer have to migrate to unfamiliar territory, but still keeping in mind of the level of competitiveness that his "destination" has to offer.

"I think [Cech] still has three or four excellent seasons in him. His family like England. And a player is happy when his family is happy," Lollichon told The Mirror.

”The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is at London. It is a base for consideration."

Jose Mourinho found it difficult to decide on whether he should retain Cech's status or give youth a shot. Unfortunately for the former Rennes man, history would repeat itself as the Special One chose Courtois -- similar to what he did in 2004 -- when Cech was then a new signing for the Blues and should have, at least initially, taken the role of an understudy to then no. 1 Carlo Cudicini.

Nevertheless, the Czech international still remains thankful to Chelsea, as it is with the said club that he realised his potential of being one of the top shot-stoppers of his time, while winning almost everything there is to win at club level. Among his collections are four Premier League and a Champions League winner's medal.

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