Cech had been linked with a return to Chelsea, the club where he spent 11 seasons and won plenty of silverware. However, at 36-years-old, his return to Stamford Bridge would likely have been to play a back up role, and replace the club’s current second choice, Willy Caballero.
Caballero, whose howler at this summer’s World Cup in Russia cost him his place in Argentina’s starting line up, needs replacing by the Blues. Should injury or suspension befall the club’s no. 1, currently Thibaut Courtois, then few will have faith in Caballero to be a reliable deputy.
With Cech now seemingly out of reach, Chelsea must look elsewhere to find a new ‘keeper to provide back up and competition to Courtois.
Even with the imminent arrival of veteran Rob Green, reported by The Sun, it is likely that the ex-England shot stopper would come in as third choice whilst Jamal Blackman serves a stint on loan.