Belfast Telegraph

Cech extension on the cards

Chelsea have opened informal talks with Petr Cech over extending the goalkeeper's contract, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed.

Cech's current deal expires at the end of next season but the club are determined to ensure the 29-year-old completes at least a decade at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas said: "There are false stories about Petr Cech leaving the club. We are trying to reach an agreement with Petr."

He added: "He knows that we are trying to reach an agreement with him and that we are interested in renewing his contract."

Villas-Boas has previously dismissed doubts about Cech's long-term fitness and he insisted yesterday the Czech Republic star could play well into his forties.

"The goalkeeper position is very, very specific," Villas-Boas said, citing Edwin van der Sar and David Seaman as examples of keepers who have shone at the highest level during their fifth decade.

Question marks over Cech's fitness were actually raised by new team-mate Thibaut Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Genk this summer before being loaned out for the season to Atletico Madrid.

Cech, who has been the Blues' undisputed number one since signing from Rennes in 2004, is expected to face a stiff challenge from the 19-year-old in the coming years.

Villas-Boas said: "Regarding Courtois, we have to make a decision.

"We won't recall him in January, for sure. At the end of the season, we have to decide."

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