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Arsenal ‘keeper Cech cools talk of a Chelsea return

Veteran Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed that he is eager to maintain his status as the Gunners number one, while also denying that he will be returning to his former club Chelsea.

The former Czech Republic international moved to the Emirates in 2015, after a hugely successful decade at Chelsea, where he established himself as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever ‘keepers.

However at 36, his powers are cleary on the wane, and with Arsenal splashing out £22 million on highly rated young German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, many expected Cech to lose his pace in the Gunners starting XI.

Cech though seems determined to try and impress new Gunners boss Unai Emery, while also rebuffing rumours linking him with a return to Stamford Bridge.

“I have a contract with Arsenal and the club is still counting on me so far. My position here is the same as always. I am just concentrating on my job and trying to keep the number one jersey in the starting line-up,” Cech told Arsenal’s official website.

“It has happened many times in my career that my club has signed a new goalkeeper. The only thing you can do is work hard in training and try to show the manager that you are the only one who can play.

“I will do my job the best I can and then the manager has to decide who is going to be in the starting line-up and who isn’t.

“We have a large squad with many goalkeepers so there will always be people who are left behind.

“There is no sentiment involved, but there has not been any contact with Chelsea.”

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