Jose Mourinho backs Petr Cech’s move to Arsenal
Mourinho understands why Cech had to leave Chelsea
July 2nd, 2015
Petr Cech will face former club Chelsea as early as Sunday 2 August, with the Blues meeting Arsenal in the Community Shield clash at Wembley.
This traditional curtain-raiser will see Cech form part of the Gunners team after the Czech keeper recently completed a switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Presumably, Cech has been given total assurance that he will be first-choice at Arsenal unless he suffers a big loss of form, with Jose Mourinho reluctantly backing the player to make the switch to Chelsea’s London rivals.
“I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way,” Mourinho said on the club’s website. “Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win. I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first-team football every week.
“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club. It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it. There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision. Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”
Arsene Wenger will hope that Arsenal benefit immensely from Cech’s quality between the sticks, with their new signing set to face his former club in what should be a captivating opportunity to see the two Premier League title rivals in action.