This is the first time Mourinho is speaking after Cech’s transfer went through and the Chelsea boss admits he doesn’t like that his former goalkeeper is at Arsenal, but understands that he doesn’t want to play backup.
Mourinho already stated openly how he didn’t want Cech to go and also to join a league rival.
Mourinho states now that he respects Cech’s decision to want first team football.
“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win,” he told the club’s official website.
“I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first-team football every week.
“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club. I support [Roman Abramovich’s] decision to honour the player in this way.
“Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”