Petr Cech has returned to Chelsea in a technical and performance advisor role after bringing the curtain down on his distinguished playing career at Arsenal.
Cech, 37, who was earlier spotted at Stamford Bridge, 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.”
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Chelsea chief 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 won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League in 494 appearances at Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015.
His final game for the Gunners came in the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to the Blues in Baku last season.
Speculation over his return to Chelsea dominated that match but a teary Cech insisted no deal was done at full-time.
Now that role has been announced – and Blues fans have hailed the keeper for completing his “mission” at their London rivals.