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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes Petr Cech does not leave west London this summer, having made just four league starts.
After 11 seasons at the Bridge it has been widely publicised that the 32-year-old may have to look elsewhere if first-team chances don’t pick up.
Mourinho has been under pressure, with current number one Thibaut Courtois stating he may have had to reconsider his future, had he not returned to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in the summer as first choice.
“I don’t know if it’s absolutely true what the agent is saying.” Mourinho said ahead of Monday’s fixture at West Brom.
“Petr is one of my best so I would like him to stay and I have to say; yes, I am optimistic that he can be here next year.”
The Chelsea veteran is not short of options should he leave this summer, with his agent Victor Kolar admitting the Blues had already informed him to start looking for a new club.
Liverpool and Arsenal are big rivals for his signature, while Turkish side Besiktas are also interested. It is yet to be known whether Chelsea could be tempted by a significant fee, to sell to a close Premier League rival.