Christophe Lollichon: Petr Cech would prefer Arsenal to Manchester United

by Robbie Dunne

Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has revealed Petr Cech would prefer a move to Arsenal over Manchester United.

Man United have been linked with a whole host of goalkeepers in recent weeks as David de Gea looks likely to leave the club for Real Madrid.

Cech signed with Chelsea in 2004 and has made 333 appearances for the club but he lost his no.1 spot to Thibaut Courtois last term.

The 33-year-old was one name that was thrown into the United rumour mill but Lollichon told RMC radio show that he would prefer to remain in London should he leave the club.

Petr Cech

Speaking about the situation, Lollichon said: “I think that Petr at 33 years of age still has at least 3 or 4 excellent seasons in him. Whichever top club, all the clubs in the Champions League, he has the level, the experience to play for any of these clubs. A guy like Petr Cech adds value, whether it is Manchester United, Real Madrid all the clubs.

“Each time he played this season, he played 15 times, he was absolutely remarkable. His professionalism, he loves football, he’s an enthusiast, he is a perfectionist and the club where he goes will have a great opportunity ahead of them.

“He wants to be in England more. However at the age of 33, you also have to look at the value of the contracts that are offered. The advantage of a club like Arsenal is that it is a club at a very high level. With a style of play that Petr likes, it is also in London, don’t forget that. And finally it is a club with big ambitions for the forthcoming seasons.”

It remains to be seen how much longer Cech can perform at the highest level, but goalkeepers tend to be able to play well into their thirties and there is no reason why he can’t do the same.

Petr Cech 3

The worrying thing for United fans is that all the rumoured De Gea replacements don’t really offer a long-term solution in between the sticks.

Cech would be a solid addition but he will not get rid of the conundrum that United find themselves in for any more than two or three years. Regardless, it seems as if he is intent on staying in London.

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