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Chelsea FC have now confirmed the appointment of club legend Petr Cech as the club’s new Technical and Performance Advisor.
Cech will be based at Cobham and his role will be to work closely with Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia to align the men’s first team coaching and backroom staff, travelling with the team home and away with an emphasis on strategy and performance.
Cech spent the bulk of his career at Chelsea but left the Blues for Arsenal in 2015, and he retired from professional football after last month’s Europa League final which saw Chelsea crush Arsenal 4-1 in Baku.
Speaking about his appointment, Cech said: “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.
“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.”
Club director Marina 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.
“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 spent 11 years at Chelsea and made 494 appearances for the Blues, winning 13 major honours, including the Champions League, Europa League, 4 Premier League titles and also the FA Cup and the League Cup, before he left for Arsenal in 2015.