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Mourinho admits Cech could join Arsenal or United

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Could Cech be Arsenal or United's No.1 next season?
Could Cech be Arsenal or United's No.1 next season?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opened the door for Petr Cech to join one of his Premier League rival this summer and his agent has confirmed his client would be keen to join Manchester United or Arsenal.

While Cech is ready to end his stint as back-up keeper to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, it seemed unlikely that the 32-year-old stopper would be allowed to leave the Blues and sign for one of their domestic competitors and yet that prospect may be edging closer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has refused to deny he will look to sign Cech, with United manager Louis van Gaal confirming his club has drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements should David de Gea leave for Real Madrid.

Now Cech is emerging as one of the most prized assets up for grabs in this transfer window, with Mourinho admitting his highly decorated stopper could remain in the Premier League after all.

“If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams, big candidates to win the Premier League, but it’s not in my hands,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.

“My perfect scenario is that he stays with us. I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too.

“He is a fantastic keeper, fantastic dressing room and squad man. I tried to prove the respect I have for him. I played him in the cups, gave him matches in the Premier League.

“I can imagine that a 32 or 33 year old keeper feels young and feels the passion to play every game.”

Cech's agent agent Viktor Kolar has told reporter Katel Haring that the keeper is keen to sign for Arsenal, Manchester United or PSG this summer, with the prospect of him staying in the Premier League seemingly a real possibility.

Cech's future could be resolved swiftly after he collects his fourth Premier League winners' medal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with French champions Paris Saint-Germain also believed to be in the mix for his signature.