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Cech: Chelsea goalkeeper
PETR CECH EXTENSION ON THE CARDS
Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Chelsea have opened informal talks with Petr Cech over extending the goalkeeper's contract.
Cech's current deal expires at the end of next season but the club are determined to ensure the 29-year-old completes at least a decade at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas said: "There are false stories about Petr Cech leaving the club.
"We are trying to reach an agreement with Petr.
"He knows that we are trying to reach an agreement with him and that we are interested in renewing his contract."
Villas-Boas has previously dismissed doubts about Cech's long-term fitness and he insisted yesterday the Czech Republic star could play well into his forties.
"The goalkeeper position is very, very specific," Villas-Boas said, citing Edwin van der Sar and David Seaman as examples of keepers who have shone at the highest level during their fifth decade.
Question marks over Cech's fitness were actually raised by new team-mate Thibaut Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Genk this summer before being loaned out for the season to Atletico Madrid.
Cech, who has been the Blues' undisputed number one since signing from Rennes in 2004, is expected to face a stiff challenge from the 19-year-old in the coming years.
Villas-Boas said: "Regarding Courtois, we have to make a decision.
"We won't recall him in January, for sure.
"At the end of the season, we have to decide."
Chelsea are also trying to reach an agreement with striker Didier Drogba over a new contract to replace the one that expires next summer.
The parties are reportedly at odds over the length of the deal, with Drogba wanting another two years and the club only prepared to offer one.
Villas-Boas yesterday admitted Drogba was playing well enough to be a major asset at the highest level for another couple of years and went on to acknowledge the Ivorian could add value to any new contract by aiding the development of 18-year-old protege Romelu Lukaku.
"Everybody gets inspired by the top examples and Didier represents exactly that, also in his human values," Villas-Boas said.
Chelsea have also been linked with signing a host of players during the January tranfer window, chiefly Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
Villas-Boas said: "He's a fantastic player because he plays for the English national team, a central defender of high qualities.
"He had a fantastic year last season for club and country.
"But he is not a player that we are considering."
Villas-Boas also ruled out resurrecting moves for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric and Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira, with Chelsea seeing bids for both snubbed this summer.
He said of Modric: "We have (Michael) Essien returning and I think we have left that one out for sure."
He added of Pereira: "I don't think so based on prices and because we are not looking. We are pretty satisfied with what we've got."