Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told the press that there is no chance Petr Cech will leave Stamford Bridge in January, dealing Arsenal a heavy blow in their hopes of capturing him this month.
Cech has emerged as a target for Arsene Wenger after the French manager has seen Wojciech Sczcesny suffer from a dramatic loss of form, culminating in a pair of terrible mistakes against Champions League rivals Southampton that gifted the Saints a 2-0 victory last week.
The Czech stopper has seen his action reduced massively this season after the return from loan of Thibaut Courtois, who has been made first choice by Mourinho.
As a result, it has been assumed that Cech would move on during the January transfer window, with Arsenal and Wenger thought to be keen on snapping him up.
However, Mourinho has now denied that there is any chance that Cech will leave, especially after Mark Schwarzer moved to Leicester City.
Jose says with Mark Schwarzer leaving, Jamal Blackman returns from loan and there is no chance of Petr Cech leaving. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2015