Petr Cech has revealed that he decided to leave Chelsea because he thought that the club had moved on from him.
The 33-year-old who had spent 11 years at the Stamford Bridge outfit winning 4 League titles, 4 FA Cup titles, 3 League Cups, 1 champions league and 1 Europa League title decided to quit the west London club after spending last season playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.
The Czech international revealed to Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho last season that he will not be willing to sit on the bench and fight for his place anymore and also refusing to renew his contract beyond 2016 and asked to leave.
The veteran shot stopper was however determined to remain in London as his family had already become so used to life in the capital city and wasn’t willing to move his Family while he also wanted to play Champions league football, leaving Arsenal as the only realistic destination for Cech.
Arsenal who hadn’t been able to replace Jens Lehman moved swiftly to acquire the services of Petr Cech who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in World football for a fee believed to be in the region of £10m by offering him a four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week and a guaranteed starting spot in the first team.
Speaking to SPORT magazine, the Czech Republic international stated:
“Last year I realised that the club [Chelsea] had sort of turned the page from me. I knew the manager had made his choice and that this was not for me at this point of my career.
“If I was new to the club or I had been there two or three years, then you might think: Okay, let’s fight for my place and see what the outcome will be.”
“But at my age and after all I’ve done it was like a chapter closing. Sometimes you have to think about yourself, and this was the best thing for me.”
“At 33, I don’t want to just give things time, just to wait and see. So, after all I’d done at Chelsea, I felt it was the right time to move on.”
The former Chelsea Goalkeeper also claimed that Arsene Wenger’s vision and plan for his team also matched his own ambition.
He added: “He introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after.
“I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to leave Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. With Arsenal, that all came together.”
Cech has started all of Arsenal’s premier league games this season keeping four Clean sheets and is ranked the best premier league preforming goalkeeper alongside stoke city’s Jack Butland.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.