Didier Drogba says Petr Cech will be very welcome if he decides to stay at Chelsea but that it is ultimately the Blues goalkeeper's decision what happens next in his career.
Drogba made his final Stamford Bridge bow, amid emotional scenes during and after Sunday's 3-1 win over Sunderland.
For Cech, meanwhile, it was all left hanging in the balance – with the 32-year-old having made it clear that he does not see his future as a number two to Thibaut Courtois.
With Jose Mourinho having said he hopes the day never comes when Cech leaves Chelsea, and the club ready to sit down and talk over his future, Drogba gave his own views on the importance and value of the player to the Blues.
“He’s got one more year,” said the Ivorian striker.
“I think the club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club. Look at the fans (against Sunderland).
“But it is his decision also, and no matter what happens I think the club will respect his decision.
“If he wants to stay, he can stay I think he is more than welcome here – if he wants to go it’s his choice as well. Its up to him. But we want him to stay!”
Chelsea jet off this week for a post-season tour which takes in games in Thailand and Australia.