Mourinho powerless on Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho insists he is powerless to stop Petr Cech joining Arsenal. Mourinho has admitted for the first time that the decision is “not in my hands” as he gave a huge hint that Chelsea will be willing to sell to their bitter rivals.Cech’s agent says his client would be interested in a move to Manchester United this summer.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has been granted permission to quit Stamford Bridge and Arsenal have been strongly linked with a deal.

But while Cech is said to be 99 percent certain of moving to the Gunners, the 32-year-old’s agent says he’d also be keen on a move to United.

The Red Devils are likely to need a quality goalie with David De Gea leaving, and Cech would be an option.

Chelsea apparently want £10 million for the club hero and expect to be able to get that amount – even if they have to sell to a direct title rival.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a new No.1 keeper this summer and Cech – who is 33 this week – is ready to move after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois.

Meanwhile, Mourinho blamed Chelsea’s English Premiership soccer title rivals for his side’s 3-0 defeat at West Brom on Monday night.

Chris Brunt’s strike followed a Saido Berahino penalty at the Hawthorns as the new champions slipped to just their third defeat of the campaign.

The loss ended Chelsea’s 16-game unbeaten run and Mourinho believes his players were given the chance to take their foot off the pedal, because Arsenal, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs are so far off the pace.

“The ideal scenario is to be champions and don’t play again, go home, have holidays and don’t play again,” he said.

“When you lose that salt and pepper of the competition it’s difficult to compete at the highest level.

Bayern Munich have lost the last three matches in Germany after winning the title.

“If I have to blame anybody, blame Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool for letting us win the title so early!

“If, today, we need this game to be champions, I’m not saying we’ll win but I’m saying we would compete at a higher level to win.” – The Daily Mirror.