Chelsea have announced Petr Cech as their new technical and performance advisor.
Cech, who retired as a player in May, returns to Stamford Bridge four years after leaving for Arsenal in 2015.
The former Czech Republic international will work closely alongside with director Marina Granovskaia.
Petr Cech returns to Chelsea after being appointed as new technical and performance advisor
Cech returns to 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
Cech will also work with the men’s first team coaching and backroom staff and will have an ’emphasis on strategy and performance’.
The 37-year-old said: ‘I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea again and help create the best possible high level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years.
‘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.
Cech will work closely alongside with 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 rivals Arsenal in 2015
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 to Chelsea in Baku.
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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