Chelsea want Petr Cech to return to the club when he retires from playing at the end of the season.

Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech gestures on the pitch after the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2018. Arsenal won the game 4-1. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL
AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Despite saying only a week ago that he wanted to play on, Petr Cech announced his retirement from playing on Tuesday afternoon.

This promoted much speculation about where his future could lie with many wondering if he’d move into coaching at Arsenal.

He might, but he might also move back to Chelsea where, as much as he is loved at Arsenal, he is worshipped and rightly so.

In today’s Daily Mail, an article by Sami Mokbel said, “Chelsea will offer Petr Cech a route back to Stamford Bridge after the goalkeeper announced his retirement yesterday.

“The Arsenal keeper, who holds the Premier League’s all-time clean sheet record with 202, revealed that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after a medal-laden 20-year career. And Stamford Bridge chiefs are ready to make an approach to Cech to bring him back ‘home’.

“Chelsea would offer Cech an ambassadorial role or a coaching position, at the club’s academy. It remains to be seen whether the 36-year-old would be willing to accept such roles. The goalkeeper, widely recognised as one of the best of the Premier League era, has started his coaching badges with a view to a possible management career.”

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Daily Mail 16 January 2019

As Tim Stillman said on Twitter when Cech made his announcement,

He’s earned the right to go wherever he will be happy, and if that’s back to Chelsea, so be it.

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