Petr Cech: Chelsea fans who sent me threats and abuse for joining Arsenal are not true Blues
Published 01/07/2015 | 13:54
Petr Cech has today dismissed those supporters who have abused him since his move to Arsenal as not "true" Chelsea fans.
The 33-year-old completed a £10 million transfer to Arsenal on Monday and, while Chelsea have repeatedly wished their former goalkeeper well and issued thanks for his 11 years at the club, some fans have predictability used social media to issue threats and vent abuse.
"The true fans have sent me messages that are pleasing and positive," said Cech. "True fans will appreciate what I've done and the legacy I've left. There are some people who have left me negative messages, but they aren't true Chelsea fans."
Cech had only one year remaining on his Chelsea contract and, although Jose Mourinho did not want him to join Arsenal, owner Roman Abramovich allowed him a free choice out of respect for his legendary status at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal soon moved and, with Cech wanting to stay in London and holding positive talks with Arsene Wenger, a deal was done.
Of Mourinho, Cech said: "Jose is one of the best managers in the world, our relationship hasn't changed although he went with Thibaut Courtois last season. But we respect each other. He made his decision and I made mine. We had a good chat - I know he wanted me to stay but that's the way it goes."