Petr Cech didn’t leave Chelsea for Arsenal without saying goodbye to almost everyone at Stamford Bridge.
Cech wrote an open letter to bid farewell to Blues fans Monday after completing his transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal. Cech shared the letter, in which he thanks fans for their support and explains why he decided to leave Chelsea after 11 years, on Twitter with his 1.24 million followers.
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Cech, 33, joins Arsenal in an effort to bolster his Premier League legacy. Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and played 333 Premier League games for the Blues but just seven of those outings came last season. Manager Jose Mourinho dropped Cech to backup duty in favor of Thibaut Courtois, prompting the veteran goalkeeper’s exit from Stamford Bridge.
Cech also thanked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who sanctioned his move to a rival team. Mourinho would have liked Cech to join a club outside of England, but Abramovich gave the Czech stopper permission to choose his next adventure.
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Cech conspicuously omitted Mourinho from his roll call of gratitude. Make of that what you will.