Chelsea registered Petr Cech (38) for the Premier League on Tuesday-evening. The goalkeeper ended his career in 2019 and has since worked as a consultant at ‘The Blues’, but could theoretically make his return as a professional footballer this season.
Chelsea published the player list for the league on Tuesday-evening site. The Londoners have announced that Cech has been registered for the Premier League as a possible stop-gap if goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga, Édouard Mendy and Willy Caballero are all unable to play due to an injury or corona contamination.
Cech was under contract with Chelsea between 2004 and 2015 and became one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Czech became national champion four times and has also won the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup (four times), the League Cup (three times) and the Community Shield (twice) with ‘The Blues’.
In the summer of 2015, Cech opted to move to fellow townsman Arsenal, where he played for years until he ended his career at the end of the 2018/2019 season. The 124-time international then returned to Chelsea as a technical advisor.
“The fact that he is now on our player list is not an action out of romance”, manager Frank Lampard emphasized on Tuesday evening at the BBC. “We don’t expect to have to use him. But if we do end up in a crisis, there is no one better to line up than Petr. He is still in top shape and actually stopped too soon.”
The goalkeeper position at Chelsea has been the subject of discussion this entire season. The 26-year-old Kepa was taken over from Athletic Club for 80 million euros in the summer of 2018 and is still the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, but deals in blunders and has lost his starting spot to Mendy. The Senegal international came over from Stade Rennais in the last transfer period.
Petr Cech ended his career after the 2018/2019 season. (Photo: Pro Shots)