Petr Cech unwilling to remain as Chelsea understudy

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says he will leave Stamford Bridge in pursuit of first-team football next season rather than spend his time being number two to Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian has earned the vote of Jose Mourinho between the posts this season, leaving the 32-year-old Cech to feed off scraps.

The veteran stopper has appeared only five times in the league this term in 29 games and he has revealed the position is only workable for one season.

“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 in a newspaper interview while on international duty with Czech Republic.

“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”

Cech has been at Stamford Bridge for 11 years and said he will wait to the summer before meeting with Mourinho and the club to discuss his future plans.

“It will be important to sit down with the club, with the manager, to consider all the pros and cons. We will see what will work out the best,” he added.

Cech has in the past been linked with a move to Real Madrid as a successor to Iker Casillas and when questioned specifically on the chances of him moving to the Bernabeu he gave the response: “There are offers one cannot turn down.”

Cech will likely be in goal for Czech Republic who are strong 1.21 favourites for their Euro 2016 Qualifier against Latvia (11.98) in Prague on Saturday, with the draw on offer at 5.91.

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