Friday 15 December 2017

Cech hits back at negative fan reaction

Petr Cech has dismissed supporters who have abused him since his move to Arsenal as not “true” Chelsea fans
Petr Cech has dismissed supporters who have abused him since his move to Arsenal as not “true” Chelsea fans

John Percy

Petr Cech has dismissed those supporters who have abused him since his move to Arsenal as not "true" Chelsea fans

Cech (33) completed a £10m 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," Cech said. "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 one year remaining on his Chelsea contract and although manager Jose Mourinho did not want him to join Arsenal, owner Roman Abramovich allowed him a free choice out of respect for his service 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.

"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."

Mourinho said yesterday that he supported Abramovich's decision to sell Cech to one of the club's biggest English rivals. "I support the owner's decision to honour the player in this way," Mourinho said.

"Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win. I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first-team football every week.

"Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club.

"It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it. There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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