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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cech would welcome Rooney at Chelsea

Petr Cech has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney and claims the Manchester United striker would be a welcome addition to the Chelsea squad.

Rooney's future at United has been in some doubt ever since outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson said the 27-year-old had issued a transfer request for a second time in three years towards the end of last season. That is a claim Rooney denies and wants publicly clarified, according to widespread reports.

Ferguson's successor, David Moyes, is believed to be heading for crunch talks with Rooney this week, which will go a long way to deciding the England international's future.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with Rooney, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has previously expressed his admiration for the forward and the Blues have been mooted as being ready to make a bid.

Cech claims to be in the dark as to Mourinho's transfer plans, but says Rooney would be a welcome addition to the squad.

"I could see him in a Chelsea shirt, as players change shirts," Cech told Sky Sports News. "He has had a fantastic career with Manchester United, but sometimes players need new challenges.

"If that happens, he is a fantastic player and would be welcomed to our squad. But at the moment we are in the moment of speculation so we will see what happens.

"He is a great player and you always want to see great players in your team. I can see lots of players in the Chelsea shirt, but it all depends on who Jose Mourinho wants to see in the Chelsea shirt.

"He has his ideas and what he wants. Now the window opens and we will see what the movement is."

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