Blues goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has admitted that he finds it hard to watch Petr Cech slowly lose his place at The Bridge.
Cech has been replaced by Thibaut Courtois this season, who is widely regarded as one of the best young keepers in the world.
Lollichon was previously Cech’s goalkeeping coach at Rennes between 2002 and 2004 and at Chelsea since 2007.
After only making a handful of first team league appearances this season, Cech has admitted he could leave the club this summer in search for regular football.
Cech is still seen as one of the best keepers in the game and would have a host of top clubs chasing his signature.
Lollichon has sympathy for the keepers situation and told the London Evening Standard: “I have a relationship with Petr, who is a special person. We’ve been working together (at Chelsea) for eight years. Our relationship goes beyond just the sporting side,
“There is always that moment when a young goalkeeper arrives. The decision to make Thibaut number one is the manager’s. Then, if it’s a question of rotation, we might discuss it. But above all, it’s the manager’s call.
“Petr is doing well, even though his current situation is not that easy. We’re talking about someone remarkable, with values, who is not going to hide away because he’s lost his No1 spot. He keeps working as if he is going to play every weekend.”
Cech has been linked with Arsenal, PSG and Real Madrid in recent weeks and would be confident of nailing down a first team spot at each of those clubs.