Exclusive – Mourinho admits star’s future is out of his hands

first_img Petr Cech and Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho claims he would love to keep Petr Cech at Chelsea – but admits he is powerless to stop the goalkeeper leaving the club this summer.The Czech shot stopper has been replaced by Thibaut Courtois as the Blues No.1 and has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal in the summer.Paris Saint-Germain are also monitoring developments at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho claims he would much prefer to sell the 32-year-old outside of the Premier League.When asked whether Cech will definitely leave in the summer, Mourinho said:  “I hope not.“My perfect scenario is that he stays with us. He belongs with this club, and this club belongs to his history and his life.“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, a fantastic squad man in the dressing room. I tried to prove the respect I have for him my playing him in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup final.“I played him in the Champions League. I gave him matches in the Premier League.“I tried to make him feel important, as he is, but I can imagine at 32 or 33, he still feels young and has the passion and desire to play every game.“If it’s in my hands, he would never go. He would never go to big clubs and fantastic teams, big candidates who want to win the Premier League. I would never let him go, but it’s not in my hands.” 1last_img read more

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Premier League preview and predicted team line-ups

first_img 2 NEW ERA Hazard should start for Chelsea while Aubameyang will likely lead the Arsenal front line again The pair experienced vastly different opening games of the season as Sarri and the Blues travelled to Huddersfield for a 3-0 win, while Emery and the Gunners suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of champions Manchester City.The game at Stamford Bridge kicks off at 5:30pm on Saturday, August 18 and you can listen to it live on talkSPORT. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won no dice possible standings Chelsea and Arsenal met in Dublin earlier this month Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Chelsea host Arsenal in the first major London derby of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign on Saturday.New managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery will have their first competitive impressions of the match on Saturday after having already met in a 1-1 pre-season draw, which Arsenal won 6-5 on penalties. huge blow ALTERED gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How can I listen?Click here to listen to live commentary of Chelsea v Arsenal on talkSPORT.What the managers are saying:Maurizio Sarri: “Emery is a very good coach. He won the Europa League three times, he won in France with PSG, and I think Arsenal this season will be competitive. They will be able to fight for a place in the Champions League.”Unai Emery: “We can improve and we need to improve playing in the difficult games We need to work hard, we need to work together and we need to suffer together when we lose.”Team news:Chelsea: Eden Hazard is expected to return to the Chelsea starting XI having now had an extra week to train with the team since returning from the World Cup. Cesc Fabregas will likely miss the match due to the knee injury which kept him out against Huddersfield.Arsenal: Lucas Torreira could start for Arsenal after initially appearing as a substitute against Man City. Petr Cech will remain in goal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has now been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a broken leg, joining Sead Kolasinac on the sidelines. Therefore, Stephan Lichtsteiner will likely start at left back, or Nacho Monreal if he is fit enough. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? REVEALED 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Premier League News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Predicted teams:Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Kante, Hazard, Morata, WillianArsenal: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyanglast_img read more