Petr Cech gave an interview in which firmly stressed that his relationship with Jose Mourinho did not change after his transfer to Arsenal.
The Czech international has officially joined the Gunners on Monday. It is no secret that Jose Mourinho was not happy with the fact that the player leaves Chelsea. The goalkeeper insists that his relationship with Jose Mourinho has not changed.
Petr Cech told the journalists :
“I think it has been great to have a chat with Jose because he is a manager that I have worked with for the longest time in my career,”
“I have a huge respect for him and we had a good chat about it. Obviously I know he would have loved me to stay, but that’s the way it goes.”
“He had to make his decision at the start of last season, I had to make my decision at the start of this season.”
“He made his decision, I had to make my decision and obviously we’re now in this situation.
“But I will always keep the best regards for him because I believe that we had so much success and so much respect for each other.”
“He is one of the best managers in the world. Now, we will be opponents but it will not change our relationship, I believe.”
“You know, I learned a lot from him and one of those things was that if you have to make a hard decision, you need to make sure that you do it if you believe it is the right choice,”
He also tried to justify his move to Arsenal :
“Last season I realised that I am not in the phase of my career that I would be happy to be a back-up goalie and sit on the bench,”
“I believe that in all those games I played I showed that I still have the skills and the level required to play as a number one goalkeeper in the best league in the world, which is the Premier League.
“Obviously I am happy that I have this opportunity to start my new chapter with Arsenal. Hopefully I will have as much success as I had at Chelsea.”