Petr Cech's agent has confirmed that Chelsea have granted the 32-year-old permission to hold talks with other clubs, ahead of his exit from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Czech Republic international, who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Rennes for a reported £7 million in the summer of 2004, was the Blues first-choice goalkeeper for almost a decade, until he was displaced by Thibaut Courtois this season.
Although Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho recently stated that he wanted Cech to see out the remainder of his contact, which expires in the summer of 2016, at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old is adamant on leaving, making it clear that he does not want to spend another season as Courtois' understudy.
Cech seems to have finally been granted his wish, as his agent Victor Kolar confirmed that his client has been given permission to open talks with other clubs ahead of an exit.
"Petr has a valid contract with his current club, however, I can confirm that we have been permitted by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties," Viktor Kolar told TalkSport.
Kolar added that Cech, who has found a lot of success at Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, Three English League Cups, a Champions League title and a Europa League crown, is looking to move to a "top club" who can provide him regular first-team football.
"Petr has confirmed his interest to play regularly at a top club," he said.
Cech will certainly not find it hard to find a new team as he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Arsenal and Liverpool, who are both looking for goalkeepers this summer, have expressed an interest in signing Cech, but Mourinho has made it clear that the goalkeeper will not be sold to an English Premier League side.
So, Cech will most likely move abroad, with the likes of Inter Milan, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain believed to be interested in securing his signature this summer.