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Jan 5, 2012

Cech hopeful over new Chelsea deal

Petr Cech is expecting to sign a new extended contract with Chelsea despite recent uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge.

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Cech, 29, has been a mainstay for Chelsea since joining from French side Rennes for £7 million in 2004, tallying 240 Premier League appearances for the club to date.

Reports have suggested Andre Villas-Boas could sell Cech in favour of summer signing Thibaut Courtois - currently on loan at Atletico Madrid - but the Czech international is keen to sign a new contract.

"Yes, I think [I will sign a new deal] and we will not have a problem," Cech, whose current deal expires in 2013, told the London Evening Standard. "There are a lot of matches at this time of year so we agreed [before Christmas] that both sides would prepare for the negotiations and meet to resolve it when there is time for that.

"The last few weeks have been hectic and we [agreed] to meet after New Year's Day. I have been here for seven years and I have been more or less a regular starter, so I'm more than happy to stay.

"Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be at a club who are among the best in the world. Chelsea are in the world's top competition, so I have no reason to leave. I would like to see myself staying here.''

While Cech is keen to commit his immediate future to Stamford Bridge, he refused to rule out one day plying his trade elsewhere.

"It is difficult to leave the best league in the world and if you take a look around, you will not see many teams of Chelsea's category that would be looking to sign a new goalkeeper," he said.

"If I would like to try something new, then it would have to be a club of a similar level to Chelsea. You never know, everything happens fast in the football life. You can sign a 10-year contract with a club and then end up leaving after three years.

"I'm 29-years-old and I believe that there is still time for a possible change."

Meanwhile, Chelsea reserves trio Nathaniel Chalobah, George Saville and Adam Phillip have penned new deals with the club.

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