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Cech out with a big thank you; THANKS ROMAN.

Byline: ADRIAN KAJUMBA

PETR CECH thanked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich "from the bottom of my heart" for sanctioning his PS10million switch to Arsenal.

Cech, who signed a fouryear PS100,000-a-week deal, was given the green light to join the Gunners after Abramovich overruled Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

The 33-year-old said: "I have the same commitment to football, the same motivation and the same hunger for success as I had at the beginning of my career.

"I love the challenges brought by the top quality players you face in the Premier League - the best and most challenging league in the world.

"That's why I spoke to Mr Abramovich about me staying in it and I'd like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his support in offer Bs this matter." Mourinho, who has responded to the sale of Cech by offering Stoke PS6m for Asmir Begovic (left), didn't want to strengthen one of Chelsea's biggest title rivals or help out his old foe Arsene Wenger, preferring instead to sell Cech to a foreign club.

But after 11 years of brilliant service Abramovich granted the keeper his wish to stay in the Premier League.

CHELSEA v ARSENAL

How the trophy hauls compare in the 11 years since Petr Cech joined Chelsea

CECH'S TROPHIES

4 Premier League titles,

4 FACups,3 League Cups

1 Champions Lge, 1 Europa Lge

ARSENAL'S TROPHIES

3 FA Cups

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2015
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