Petr Cech suggests he will leave Chelsea if he does not get more playing time

Czech keeper, 32, has kept more than 200 clean sheets for the Blues

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Petr Cech has hinted that he will look to leave Chelsea if his situation does not "start to improve" in the coming months.

The 32-year-old keeper has played in just two matches so far this season after Blues manager Jose Mourinho opted to make Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois his No 1 at the beginning of the season.

Cech started in the Capital One Cup win against Bolton and came on against Arsenal after Courtois suffered a concussion on Sunday, his first appearance in the Premier League this season.

He had been the Chelsea No 1 for 10 years since he arrived at the club from Rennes and has gone on to become the club's greatest keeper; he is sixth on the all-time appearances list with 478 and has kept 220 clean sheets in all competitions.

Cech had been a permanent fixture in the team in the most most successful period in Chelsea history.

But he told Czech Radio: “I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine.

”With the European Championships in 2016 and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play.

“I have not spoken to anybody at the club but if the situation will not start to improve for me then I will want to solve it.”

Courtois' injury is not thought to be serious and he is expected to play for Belgian on Friday and to return for the Blues next week.

Cech was linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.