Chelsea legend Petr Cech announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season after 15 years in the Premier League.
Announcing his retirement, Cech said: “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.
“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.
“I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”
The 36-year-old will go down in history as not just the best goalkeeper the club has had in the Premier League era but one of the greatest in the Premier League.
Reports claim Chelsea plan to offer Petr Cech a coaching role, and according to The Times, Chelsea are keen to avoid missing out on the chance to bring back the club’s genuine legends back into the fold as Arsenal did with Patrick Vieira, the captain of their famed Invincibles who joined Manchester City after his retirement.
Chelsea reacted to Cech’s announcement with a fitting tribute on the official Chelsea website, which read: “Cech moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 and remained first-choice keeper between our posts for a decade, maintaining such high levels of performances that he will be remembered not just as our best-ever goalie but also as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
“The 6ft 5in former Czech Republic captain won four Premier League titles during his time in west London, keeping a record 21 clean sheets during the first of those in 2004/05.
“Cech, now 36, also won the FA Cup on four occasions, the League Cup three times, the Europa League once and, most memorably of all, the Champions League in 2012, when his three penalty saves played a massive part in us lifting the trophy we craved most of all.”
Cech remains a big hero for the role he played in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012 with save after save during the game, and saved three penalty kicks during the shootout as Chelsea went on to win Europe’s biggest club trophy.
Cech arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 and won the Premier League title in his first season in England.
Cech went on to win three more league titles with Chelsea and 7 other trophies including the Champions League before joining Arsenal in 2015.