Chelsea have confirmed Petr Cech’s return to the club as their new technical and performance adviser.
Cech announced his intention to retire at the end of last season. Now the former Czech Republic international, who has spent the last four campaigns at Arsenal, will be back at Chelsea working alongside director Marina Granovskaia.
His role will have a strong focus on the senior team with an ’emphasis on strategy and performance’.
Petr Cech returns to Chelsea after being appointed as new technical and performance adviser
Cech is now back at Stamford Bridge where he spent 11 years as their No 1 goalkeeper
‘I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea again,’ Cech insisted this week
The 37-year-old said: ‘It’s exciting and I have to say I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to come back in a different role and when I finished playing I said that I would sit down and consider all the options and I had a lot of options to choose from, I was considering everything, but I have to say this opportunity from Chelsea was the best option and I just couldn’t refuse it and I have to say I’m very glad it worked out for me. I’m happy to be back.
‘This is something that’s very exciting for me because I love football from every angle and with my experience and my ideas I think I can still push the work environment a bit further and if you want to create the high-level performance environment you need to make sure that everyone is working from the same page and then everything works towards the same goal.
‘I’m looking forward to the new challenge and hope I can use all of my football knowledge and experience to help the team achieve even more success in the future.’
During his 20 years as a professional footballer, Cech managed to win every major honour going with the Blues and at Arsenal.
He helped Chelsea lift their first-ever Champions League trophy in 2012 and has won the Premier League title on four different occasions.
The Czech legend will work closely alongside club director Marina Granovskaia (left)
The 37-year-old helped Chelsea win both the Champions League and Europa League titles
Cech left Chelsea to move across London to join Arsenal in 2015 and spent four years there
Cech made 494 appearances for Chelsea from 2004 to 2015 and kept 228 clean sheets
Cech also holds the impressive records for most clean sheets in Premier League history – 202 in total.
Czech Republic’s most capped player managed 280 wins over 443 Premier League appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal during his trophy-laden career.
His last appearance as a professional came in the Europa League final defeat by Chelsea in Baku.
He added: ‘I’m going to be based in Cobham, this is my workplace, and I’ll work closely with the first team and all the other departments which obviously brings all the performance together.
Granovskaia said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Petr back home to Chelsea. During his playing career here he was one of the most dedicated, successful and thoughtful professionals we have ever had.
Derby boss Frank Lampard is also expected to return to Stamford Bridge to take over as boss
Lampard is expected to link back up with his former team-mate ahead of the new season
PETR CECH’S LIST OF ACCOLADES
Premier League title: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15 (x4)
FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12 (x4)
League Cup: 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15 (x3)
Champions League: 2011-12
Europa League: 2012-13
FA Cup: 2016-17
Premier League Golden Glove: 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16 (x4)
Best European Goalkeeper: 2005, 2007, 2008 (x3)
Most clean sheets in Premier League history
‘We always hoped that when Petr was ready to retire we would see him back at Chelsea FC and we are thrilled to add his expertise and knowledge of the game to the technical staff.’
Cech may not be the only former player to return to the club in some capacity this summer.
Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard has been heavily linked with succeeding the Italian as the Blues’ new manager.
Chelsea are still in talks with Derby over bringing Lampard back to the club after just one season at Pride Park.
Sportsmail reported on Monday that Lampard was scheduled to meet Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich this week to discuss the vacant managerial position.
Lampard guides the Rams to the Championship play-off finals but lost to Aston Villa in the Wembley spectacle.
One man who won’t be moving to Chelsea as part of Lampard’s potential overhaul is John Terry.
The former Chelsea defender signed a new two-year contract at Aston Villa this week to remain as assistant head coach.
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