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Official: Petr Cech returns to Chelsea as technical director

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Chelsea have confirmed the return of Petr Cech as technical director after he hung up his gloves at Arsenal last month.

Following four seasons away at London rivals Arsenal, Cech has returned to the club where his career first truly kicked-off. Aside from working as a director, he will also take on a role with Chelsea’s first-team coaching staff.

The former goalkeeper had been between the sticks at Chelsea between 2004 to 2015, where he made 494 appearances and won 13 trophies which included four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League.

The 37-year-old’s stunning career came to a low ending, however, following Arsenal’s 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku on May 29.

Now, Cech is back for a second stint at Stamford Bridge and is relishing his new job in his post-playing career.

“I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to join Chelsea again and help create the best possible high-level performance environment to continue the success the club has had over the past 15 years,” read a statement from Cech on the club’s website and Twitter.

“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.”

Blues director Marina Granovskaia added: “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 and we are thrilled to add his expertise and knowledge of the game to the technical staff.”

Cech could be joined at Stamford Bridge by his old Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard next season. The Derby County boss is the favourite to replace the departed Maurizio Sarri as manager next season.

Arsenal FC v CSKA Moskva - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Leg One
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Petr Cech of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between Arsenal FC and CSKA Moskva at Emirates Stadium on April 5, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)