EXCLUSIVE | By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Petr Cech wants a £1.5million pay-off to leave Chelsea this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The goalkeeper will have a year remaining on his £110,000-a-week contract at the end of the season and Chelsea have not offered an extension.
Manager Jose Mourinho has said he will not stand in Cech’s way if he wants to leave Stamford Bridge after 11 years, but the 32-year-old is keeping his options open.
Football Insider sources have learned that Cech is open to staying at Chelsea and would want a pay-off of around £1.5m to leave with 12 months of his £5.7m-a-year deal remaining.
Cech and his family are settled in London, the goalkeeper has a strong association with Chelsea and he has been encouraged by how much playing time he has been given in the second half of the season. The Czech international also knows he would be likely to have to take a salary cut to join another club.
The Czech international has been relegated to second choice behind Thibaut Courtois this season but has still started 13 of the Blues’ 49 matches and deputised for the Belgian in Wednesday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Leicester City.
Chelsea have begun assessing back-up goalkeeper options should Cech leave but are comfortable with the prospect of him seeing out the final year of his contract.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are among the clubs keeping tabs on Cech.