Chelsea – Petr Cech nearing the exit at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea’s iconic goalkeeper Petr Cech is reportedly nearing a move away from Stamford Bridge according to TalkSport. It is understood that Turkish outfit Besiktas could offer Cech a chance at regular football.

Petr Cech signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2004 for £7m from Ligue 1 club Rennes. Cech is in his eleventh season with the Blues and during that time he has played 327 Premier League games for the club. In all competitions those stats extend to 473 matches and a medal haul of 13, including 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, a UEFA Europa League and a UEFA Champions League.

This season José Mourinho made the difficult decision to drop Petr Cech to his back up choice behind the 22-year-old Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois. Courtois had spent 3 seasons on loan at Atlético Madrid. making 111 La Liga appearances in that time, only missing 3 matches. Now, after Courtois demanded first team football or a permanent move away from Cheslea, the decision was made to select him as first choice.

The 32-year-old Cech has 111 caps for his country, Czech Republic, and is thought to not be enjoying life on the bench so is seeking a January switch from Stamford Bridge. His agent, Mithat Halis, has linked him to Besiktas in Turkey where Cech’s former teammate Demba Ba currently plays. Halis said: “if Cech does become available Besiktas would become a potential destination”, this is despite competition from French clubs PSG and Monaco as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid.