Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has returned to the North London club in a new capacity as a technical and performance advisor.
The 37-year-old Czech Republic international spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, winning 13 trophies that included four Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions and Europa League in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
He however left the club during Jose Mourinho’s second spell in 2015 and joined Arsenal before retiring this season in the aftermath of a Europa League final defeat to the Blues in May in Baku, Azerbaijan
“The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links between our men’s and academy teams, ensuring that the various support departments are working together effectively,” the club noted on their website.
Cech, who said that he feels “privileged to have the opportunity” will work close with Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia.
“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea FC again and help create the best possible high level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years,” he said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Marina Granovskaia expressed her delight about the move saying;
“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.”
“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.”