Jose Mourinho Says He Was In Support of Petr Cech Transfer.


Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed he was not against Roman Abramovich's decision to sell out Petr Cech to a rival club.

Cech joined Arsenal for £11million last week and before the move got sealed, there were reports that Mourinho did not like the idea of the 33-year-old leaving Stamford Bridge but had to play along just to honour Cech who had been a loyalist to the Blues. His 11-year reign at the club was one which saw him win lots of trophies for the West Londoners, so it would had been disrespectful to deny him what he wanted.

At a time, the Portuguese said he would have tied down Cech at the club if the decision was for him alone to make, going further to state that if at all Cech wanted a move, it should be outside England.

At the end of the day, he reasoned with the club owner and thought it wise to honour Cech's request to join Arsenal as the Czech Republic international chose to remain in London and get regular football at another club.

"I support the owner's decision to honour the player in this way," Mourinho said in a chat with the Chelsea official 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."

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