Chelsea to offer Cech a role at Stamford Bridge

Author: Daily Mail
Petr Cech
Petr Cech

Chelsea will offer Petr Cech a route back to Stamford Bridge after the goalkeeper announced his retirement.

The Arsenal keeper - who holds the Premier League’s all-time clean sheet record with 202 - revealed on Tuesday that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a medal-laden 20 year career.

And Stamford Bridge chiefs are ready to make an approach to Cech in an effort to bring him back ‘home’.

Chelsea - who paid tribute to their former keeper on Tuesday despite the fact he no longer plays for the club - would look to offer Cech an ambassadorial role, or a coaching position, potentially within the club’s academy.

It remains to be seen whether the 36-year-old would be willing to accept such roles. 

The keeper - widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers of the Premier League era - has started his coaching badges with a view to a possible management career. 

Cech will make a decision on his next step towards the end of the season.

Having lost his place to Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium, Cech has taken the decision to end his career with his reputation as one of the top-flight’s best-ever in tact.

In announcing his pending retirement, Cech wrote: ‘This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.

‘Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.

‘I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.’ 

Jose Mourinho, who managed Cech during his two spells at Chelsea, said: ‘I am honoured to have been the manager that, at such an early age, gave Petr a top Premier League number one shirt.

‘After that day, it is all about him. All about his numbers, his performances, his clean sheets, his titles and his professionalism.

‘It’s a big loss for football but history can’t be deleted. Many congratulations on such an amazing career.’