London, Jun 21 : Petr Cech will return to Chelsea just a month after playing against them in his last game as a professional footballer.
The 37-year-old former goalkeeper has been confirmed as Chelsea's new technical and performance manager, returning to the club where he spent 11 seasons as a player and won 13 trophies before leaving in 2015 to join Arsenal.
Cech's last ever game was last season's Europa League final that Arsenal lost 4-1 to Chelsea in Baku and now the ex-Czech international, considered one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, is returning to Stamford Bridge.
"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."
"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," said Cech on the Chelsea website.
One of his first jobs will be to help the club find the successor to Maurizio Sarri, who last week was confirmed as the new coach of Juventus and leaves Chelsea after just one season in charge.
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who shared the dressing room with Cech for 10 years, is thought to be the favorite to replace Sarri after spending last season coaching Championship club, Derby County.
Meanwhile Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia welcomed Cech's return to the club.
"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," she said. (UNI-XINHUA)