Cech would welcome Mourinho

  • Last Updated: May 15 2013, 19:03 BST

Petr Cech has admitted that Jose Mourinho would be "more than welcome" back at Chelsea.

Petr Cech faces the press before the Europa League final.
Petr Cech faces the press before the Europa League final.

Petr Cech

33. Petr Cech

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The Portuguese is widely expected to leave Real Madrid and return to Stamford Bridge to take over from Rafael Benitez in the summer.

Mourinho led Chelsea to Premier League titles in his first two seasons in charge, but he walked out on the club in September 2007 following reports of a bust-up with owner Roman Abramovich.

But he is a firm favourite to be offered a second spell at Chelsea, and goalkeeper Cech said: "With Jose Mourinho we had great success in the past and people still have great memories and admiration for him.

"If he comes back, the story will be interesting for everyone. He will be more than welcome."

Cech's immediate focus is on helping Chelsea to Europa League glory against Benfica in Amsterdam, and he is determined to atone for their early exit from the Champions League this season.

"Winning back-to-back European trophies, it would be a great story, with more or less the same circumstances, having to change the manager during the course of the season again. Hopefully it will be the same end," he said.

"We were very disappointed with our campaign in the Champions League. We said the best way to forget about it was to have a go and try to go as far as possible in the Europa League.

"It would be great to add that trophy to the trophy room. We need to get over the last hurdle. I have a great feeling."

Cech also paid tribute to Rafael Benitez, who was given a torrid reception from Chelsea fans after he was appointed as interim manager following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

"It was not easy for him, with the reception he got," Cech added. "But he came here to help and to improve the situation for us and to do as best as possible. That is what we did, what he did, what the coaching staff did.

"This is maybe the reason why it's worked so far and we're in the Europa League final."

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