After Cech himself admitted that he had clashed with his former boss and John Terry lamented the boost that the move would give to the Gunners, there are two more pieces of evidence in the papers this week that make a mockery of Mourinho’s claim.
Chelsea defender John Terry reveals that he wants to keep playing in the Premier League with the Blues for at least another two seasons. If I then felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play.
Terry, 34, is preparing for his 19th campaign as a professional and remains determined to prolong his career with the champions, for whom he played every minute in the league last season.
“If I can keep my form, I am in the side”. I hopefully can repay that because he has been superb to me.
“The understanding of the game, the passion and everything surrounding the Premier League is important and that’s an advantage for me”. But now, 11 years on, I know pretty much every ground in the Premier League and know what to expect which comes to my advantage. For me, he was one of the best players in the league. “It’s going to be very tough and not just us against the top sides”.
Lampard joined Manchester City on loan last season before joining New York City FA but Steven Gerrard joined LA Galaxy after leaving Liverpool. So I understand where he has come from and wish him well because I think he’s a top English player.
“Our rivals will come back a lot hungrier, ready and believing they can catch us and even overtake us”. Foreign imports arrive on waves of often ill-informed optimism at significant premiums to what other European clubs would pay.