With the Summer Transfer Window fast approaching as the 2014/2015 football season draws to a close, clubs are getting ready to spend big in order to replenish their teams in preparation for the next season.
Chelsea Manager, Jose “The Special One” Mourinho, continues to hope Petr Cech will be retained next season, despite the player’s lack of first-team involvement this term. Talks are planned with the club’s hierarchy in the summer. “The player has a contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will have a very important say in the decision,” said the manager. “I want my best players [to stay]. Petr Cech is one of my best players. I want my important players. Petr is one of my important players. So I would like him to say.
“That’s my position. I am positive, I am optimistic, and I’d like him to stay, so yes I expect him [to stay]. I’m optimistic he can be here next year.”
Chelsea’s London rivals, Arsenal have publicly declared their interest in the Czech Republic shot stopper who wants to leave in search of regular football but they would prefer to sell him abroad, with Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs linked with a move for the 32-year-old.
André Schürrle, who was sold to Wolfsburg for £23m in January having started five Premier League matches over the first half of the season, had revealed earlier this week that Mourinho had texted him to invite him to Stamford Bridge for the final game of the season against Sunderland. The same offer has been extended to Mohamed Salah and Mark Schwarzer, who were loaned to Fiorentina and released to Leicester respectively, as well as the youngster, Lewis Baker, who ended the season on loan at MK Dons.
The Premier League will supply the champions with 40 winners’ medals which are technically for players who have made five appearances, though in practice they can be distributed however the club see fit.
“André, Salah, Schwarzer, Lewis, all of those who started the season with us, have been invited to the last match and the Player of the Year dinner,” said Mourinho. “They belong to the group. We are not sure they can all make it – we know Lewis can – but at least they know we feel they belong to this title.
“I know that, by the rules, they only give a medal to a player who had five appearances and, in this case, not all of them will get an official medal. But yes, we are going to buy medals for everyone, and replicas of the cup. Obviously, for me the ‘champions’ are those who have played every minute like John Terry, but also people like Schwarzer who were not involved. Branislav Ivanovic also wants to play every game, and [Eden] Hazard wants to start every game in the Premier League. So if we can do that, we’ll do that.”
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