Petr Cech to Arsenal: Move for Chelsea goalkeeper 'dependent' on Roman Abramovich

Jose Mourinho will not want to sell him to a rival but Cech is settled in London

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The future of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech lays in the hands of club owner Roman Abramovich, rather than manager Jose Mourinho.

Having been ousted by Thibaut Courtois this season, Cech is keen to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer as he wants to play first-team football.

The goalkeeper is one of Arsene Wenger's top targets in the transfer window but Jose Mourinho will not want to sell and strengthen a title rival, especially Arsenal.

But the Daily Telegraph report that the decision does not lie with the Portuguese manager but with the Russian owner, who could let Cech decide his own future out of respect for his achievements at the club.

The 32-year-old is settled in London and may not want to leave the city.

Turkish club Besiktas have already held talks with him but no decision will be made until the end of the season, said Cech's agent Viktor Kolar.

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