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Monday 25 September 2017

Cech confident of Chelsea deal

GOALKEEPER Petr Cech cannot promise to end his career at Chelsea but expects to extend his stay with the club in the coming weeks.

The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular for the Blues since joining from French club Rennes for £7million in 2004.

Reports have suggested manager Andre Villas-Boas could sell Cech in favour of Belgian summer signing Thibaut Courtois - currently on loan at Atletico Madrid - but the Czech Republic international is keen to sign a new contract.

"It is difficult to leave the best league in the world and if you take a look around, you will not see many teams of Chelsea's category that would be looking to sign a new goalkeeper," Cech said.

"If I would like to try something new, then it would have to be a club of a similar level to Chelsea.

"You never know, everything happens fast in the football life.

"You can sign a 10-year contract with a club and then end up leaving after three years.

"I'm 29-years-old and I believe that there is still time for a possible change."

He added: "I think (I will sign a new deal) we will not have a problem.

"There are a lot of matches at this time of year so we agreed (before Christmas) that both sides would prepare for the negotiations and meet to resolve it when there is time for that.

"The last few weeks have been hectic and we (agreed) to meet after New Year's Day.

"I have been here for seven years and I have been more or less a regular starter, so I'm more than happy to stay.

"Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be at a club who are among the best in the world.

"Chelsea are in the world's top competition, so I have no reason to leave. I would like to see myself staying here."

Away from the first team, Chelsea reserves trio Nathaniel Chalobah, George Saville and Adam Phillip have penned new deals with the club.

England Under-19 international Chalobah was on the bench against Wolves on Monday and has signed his first pro contract with the Blues.

The defender turned 17 last month and has committed himself to Chelsea until 2014, while team-mate Saville has signed for a further year.

Former England U17 international Phillip is out with a long-term injury, but the 20-year-old has extended his contract by a season.

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