Petr Cech is philosophical over his Chelsea future, but the experienced goalkeeper’s frustrations look certain to see him sever his Stamford Bridge ties in the summer.
Despite all the trophies he has amassed guarding Chelsea’s net, sentiment has been in scant supply since the recalling of Thibaut Courtois for the start of the current campaign, resulting in serious curtailment of Cech’s first-team involvement.
His Belgian counterpart is Jose Mourinho’s number one choice in the Premier League and while he has accepted his fate gracefully, the 32-year-old will clearly not settle for his understudy status.
On duty with the Czech national team, the long-term Blues stopper was candid in his appraisal of the situation.
“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” he said. “But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”
There are sure to be many suitors for the gloveman’s services if Chelsea – who are still market leaders to be the club where Cech is playing on September 1st at 1/2 with bwin – cannot persuade him to stay.
Borussia Dortmund is certainly an intriguing choice at 4/1.
Roman Weidenfeller is the established number one at the Westfalenstadion and with titles to back him up could be difficult to shift, albeit Jurgen Klopp has dropped him on occasion and he is two years Cech’s senior.
With two respected keepers sharing glove duties at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid as a destination feels a little short at 9/2.
Liverpool (7/1) was a widely touted shuffle for Cech, especially in the early part of the Reds’ campaign when their own stopper’s suffering was central to the team’s woes.
However, a remarkable turnaround in Simon Mignolet’s and Liverpool’s form may have gone a long way to negating the need to bring in such stiff competition.
All roads could, and possibly should, lead to Rome instead. A path already trodden by his old teammate, hooking up with Ashley Cole is a welcome aside to what could be a highly profitable move.
Having established themselves as Juventus’ biggest threat in Serie A, the Champions League regulars look ripe for refreshment in the number one position.
Morgan De Sanctis has been a loyal and able servant of the Italian capital club, but with the veteran turning 38 before March is out, manager Rudi Garcia must be seriously considering viable alternatives for the future.
They don’t come much more viable than Cech, who is 8/1 to be at Roma next season.