Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he supports Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal for £9.8 million, after spending 10 years as Stamford Bridge’s first-choice shot-stopper.
The Portuguese boss would have preferred the Czech Republic international to stay, but respected Abramovich’s decision to allow the 33-year-old to choose he destination, and Cech chose to move across London to the Emirates Stadium.
“I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way,” he told the club’s official website.
“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win.
“I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first team football every week.
“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club.
“It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it.
“There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision.
“Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”