Jose Mourinho Chelsea coach says he supports Petr Cech's move to Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has commented on Petr Cech's move to Arsenal, saying that he supports the decision of Chelsea to let him go

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  play Petr Cech was unveiled by Arsenal on Monday (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he supported the sale of former goalkeeper Petr Cech to  Arsenal.

Cech who lost his first team shirt to Thibaut Courtois  was on Monday, June 29 unveiled by Arsenal.

Mourinho reportedly did not want Cech to join their rival and was said to be disappointed as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich approved the move.

Mourinho however revealed that he supported the Abramovich's decision but said he would have preferred Cech to stay, rather than strengthen a rival.

"I support the owner's decision to honour the player in this way," Mourinho said on

"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.

"Petr's success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did."

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