Jose Mourinho: I'd block Arsenal move for Petr Cech - but Roman Abramovich might disagree
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he would block Petr Cech from joining Arsenal if he had the final say on the potential transfer, but he claims he is powerless to halt his back-up keeper sealing a move to the Gunners.
With Cech suggesting he is keen to stay in London amid continued links with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Mourinho has admitted for the first time that his stopper could seal a switch to the Gunners.
"You have to accept any decision that the owner will have in relation to Petr, but I am different," Mourinho said, speaking at the launch of the new BT Sports' channel.
"I have the same respect for Petr that everyone at the club has, but my answer [if he can join Arsenal] would be no-way, but if he answer is different, then I will accept.
"My answer is not important to this question because the owner is a person with the perspective that I admire a lot. He respects people who do important things for him and since 2004 to 2014-15, he has given great service to the club, unbelievable behaviour."
Mourinho then offered this cheeky warning to any club looking to snap up Cech's services in the coming weeks, as he suggested the Blues may demand a swap deal for their stopper.
"For every club that is interested in Petr, I can find players in that team that I like too," he said with a smile.
Cech will meet with Chelsea officials next week as he looks to resolve his future, with the move to Arsenal seemingly edging closer after the events of recent days.