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Cech – leaving Chelsea was his hardest decision

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Petr Cech insists he did not take the decision to leave Chelsea lightly, in fact, it was the hardest one of his career.

Petr Cech left Chelsea Football Club in the summer of 2015. His departure came after Thibaut Courtois returned from yet a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid and forced his way passed the veteran.

The retired Czech international had arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and enjoyed a trophy-laden career with the Blues.

However, he recalls that Courtois came back, and even though he understood the club looking to the future he felt he could still be number one.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, he admits it was a tough decision.

He said:

“I was not happy at all.”

“I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.”

“But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went.”

“Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality.”

“I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.”

“I always thought I was going to finish my career at Chelsea, or maybe leave for the last couple of years.”

“But it was clear my journey had come to an end, and I decided I was going to go and try something else.”

“Leaving Chelsea was the hardest decision I had to make.”

Cech recently hung up his gloves and retired, but is still regarded as one of the best goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League.