After deciding to retire last season at the end of an illustrious career, Petr Cech has now returned to Chelsea as Technical and Performance Advisor.

Having joined the Blues in 2004 from Rennes, Cech became one of the world’s best in a span of 11 years where he won multiple trophies at the Bridge. He was a reliable goal keeper and pulled rabbits out of the hat frequently.

He left Chelsea for Arsenal in 2015 to find more playing time when Courtois became Chelsea’s No.1. He was their first choice until Bernd Leno took it this year. He has also captained both clubs in various occasions as well as the Czech Republic.

He was quoted saying: “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.”

Chelsea 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.”

Welcome back Big Pete!

An extremely talented goalkeeper and a calm personality in the dressing room he is an asset everywhere and will be much needed to rebuild the club.