Real Madrid and Barcelona would jump at the chance to sign Petr Cech should he be rendered surplus to requirements at Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.
Chelsea is reportedly prepared to listen to offers for the long-serving No.1, with Thibaut Courtois set to end his three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid and return to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice goalkeeper.
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Cech’s representative Viktor Kolar says Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are among the elite European clubs to have already expressed an interest in Cech’s services but believes they would have to compete with the Spanish giants if he were to be made available for transfer.
“I would get in touch with Zubizaretta at Barcelona [if Petr is not wanted at Chelsea] and people at Real Madrid," he said. "These are clubs we would consider if Chelsea wanted to get rid of Petr.
“We would also consider Bayern but they have Neuer there. Then there are leagues Petr would not go to. Serie A for instance, because clubs in that league have problems. Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco.”
Cech, 32, signed for Chelsea a decade ago and has made 478 appearances for the club, winning a total of 11 major honors. Kolar insists Cech’s preference would be to remain at Chelsea and although he has been given no concrete indication that his future lies elsewhere he admitted only a handful of clubs would be able to afford his services.
“He has two years left on his Chelsea contract and has an interest to continue there. Mourinho did not tell him that he would not count on him anymore," Kolar said. “Petr isn't 20 anymore. His family are satisfied living in London. His wife is leading zumba classes there and his children attend schools. Moreover, Petr is satisfied at Chelsea and there is interest in his services even after his active football career. They would want him to continue in some position at the club.
“We have not been giving away signals that Petr would be available. If that was the case, though, you have to realize that Petr is one of the world's top goalkeepers and has a certain salary. There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we're discussing two or three clubs in the world. The situation has developed in a way, of course, but for now he is staying at Chelsea."