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Chelsea must avoid Cech return at all costs

Chelsea must avoid Cech return at all costs

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are considering re-signing Petr Cech this summer if they lose Thibaut Courtois.

With Thibaut Courtois being heavily linked with a Stamford Bridge exit this summer, attentions are turning to which shot stopper might be brought in to replace the Belgian no. 1.

Amongst the names being linked is Arsenal’s Petr Cech. The 36-year-old is already a Chelsea legend, having donned the gloves for the Blues for 11 seasons between 2004 and 2015.

In that time, Cech won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, and was part of the Champions League triumph in 2012.

A return to Stamford Bridge would be a romantic move, but if it were to be as Courtois’ replacement as first choice, then it’d be a terrible bit of business on Chelsea’s part.

The Breakdown

Arsenal may be open to a sale of the veteran ‘keeper this summer having already signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen. The arrival of the 26-year-old German likely means that Cech has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had good reason for pursuing a new goalkeeper this summer too. Throughout the last Premier League campaign, it was clear that Cech was not the world class shot stopper he once was.

According to the Premier League, last season Petr Cech was responsible for more errors leading to goals than any other goalkeeper in the division.

Chelsea’s defence looked shaky at times during the last campaign, and given that the club failed to achieve Champions League qualification, it is clear that they need an upgrade at the back.

Signing Cech would not be an upgrade. It would be sentimental. Signing Cech to replace Courtois would be a huge mistake and a massive backwards step for the Blues.

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