Mourinho lining up bid for Chelsea star

by Michael Somerville

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Jose Mourinho is targeting a big transfer deal for Real Madrid as he attempts to lure Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to the Bernabeu.

The Real Madrid boss sees Cech as a perfect replacement for unsettled goalkeeper Iker Casillas. It is believed a bid of around £28m would lure the 30-year-old away from West London.

Despite his recent contract signing in May last year, the Czech Republic international has refused to rule out a move away from the club. He spoke to the Evening Standard in May and said:

“If I would like to try something new, then it would have to be a club of a similar level to Chelsea.
“You never know, everything happens fast in the football life. You can sign a 10-year contract with a club and then end up leaving after three years.
“I believe that there is still time for a possible change.”

Jose Mourinho’s falling-out with captain Iker Casillas has been very public as he dropped the Real Madrid goalkeeper once again for the 4-3 victory against Real Sociedad. Reserve keeper Antonio Adan has been preferred for the last two matches and Mourinho has not signaled that he is ready to reestablish Casillas as his number 1 again. However, the 6th minute sending off of Adan forced Mourinho to play Casillas in a pulsating match.

Mourinho knows Cech from his days as Chelsea manager when he won two Premier League titles and one FA cup and would be keen to work with him again.

Chelsea have a ready-made replacement in 20-year-old Thibault Courtois who won the Europa League last season and has been in superb form for Atletico Madrid this season. The 1.99m Belgian shot-stopper is currently on loan at the club but could be recalled for the remainder of the calender year.

Ex Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo heaped praise on Courtois before he came face to face with Petr Cech at the UEFA Super Cup which Atletico won 4-1. Di Matteo said:
“(Courtois) is a top, top goalkeeper. He has all the ability and the potential to become the future of Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to announce a U-turn on the future of Frank Lampard as they offer him a contract extension at the club. It is believed that Lampard would be offered a year’s extension that would see him at the club until the end of next season. He is now just 10 goals shy of overhauling Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 – a mark he is desperate to overtake.

Will Cech make the switch to the Bernabeu in January?

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  • king sabriye

    Its good for both Chelsea and P.Cech.
    its chance for CHELSEA if they get 28 m for 30yrs old with Courtois Ready enough,..
    its chance for CECH coz Chelsea’s Policies of players above 30yrs is to be FIRED.. as they do our LEGENDS ( Didier and Super Frankie)…

  • Michael Somerville

    I agree- good shout!

  • Stevo

    I will love to see Cech finish the season first before making any move but Courtois should be recalled now since Athletico refused to do business with Chelsea on Fal….. Hahahahahah u knw what I mean….????

  • bleedbluea

    It’s nice to see cech wrapping his football career with pensioners but you have to accept the policy of roman.The new recruits are for the future,title contenders for every possible championships.We would love to see our legends walk away with their heads high.Don’t just want to throw them like used match sticks.UP YOU GO BLUES

  • Blaze

    let him go he is not as good as he used to be plus his goal line positioning is often out and for 30m we could really use that to strenghten other areas-if its really true thgen Chelsea should jump for it

  • harmercy

    cech!hm if keeper cech leave chelsea may have big problem more every1 is leaving cech as a perfect chelsea keeper may b beter for them.

  • Michael

    Atletico realy fal our hand dey shud return chelsea young star imedietly an for cech til next season,if he cares

  • samlaw

    That we be a very good 4 both cech n chelsea.we need coutouis now.I want d due 2 happen now.

  • seun

    i will love to see cech at madrid

  • Monica M

    A. Madrid has not been kind to Chelsea for they show pride over their players. Get Courtois back and let them buy Iker Casillas from Real Madrid at a price, while Real buys Petr Cech for 28m!

  • Gracious

    Cech one of d brain behind CHELSEA fc ds dayzz…we need him most d time…ƒøЯ Courtious..hmmm..really a gr8t stopper in replacement ƒøЯ Cech..buh let’s allow cech till d end of d season

  • http://dexysden clndr

    Cech is one of our great players but i support
    the club to faze out those 30 something years
    players.we want to watch the new breed.

  • Michael Somerville

    Thanks for all the comments guys. It seems that this story could run and run. Remember if you want to play football for a team then it is really easy to sign up here on this site. UK football finder makes it easy to find a team who is looking for a striker, midfielder etc!

  • Ernest mdechi

    I would love to see cech end his carear at chelsea and curtolis should be recalled.

  • drazen

    Cech for 28m! That’s a good business for chelsea,we can aswell coutouis since we are building a new gen.we can use the money to get a striker,a midfielder at the pivot and a world class leftback like shawn of southampton to replace ashley cole..Desmondanis from vitalfootball directed me here,thumbs up man.

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