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“This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire”. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36, announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of 2018/19 campaign.
The 36-year-old joined Arsenal in June 2015 from the London rivals Chelsea, where he spent 11 years. “Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve”, said the Czech Republic international.
The former Chelsea No.1 won 13 major honors with the Blues, including one Champions League and four Premier League titles. As well as the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2017. “I will continue working hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season”, said the goalkeeper.
In fact, not everyone is agree with the decision. Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, for example, says that he’s been left in shock by Petr Cech’s retirement: “Cech is still capable of playing at the very highest level of the game, without any question”.
Cech’s career was in doubt in October 2006 when he required surgery for a skull fracture after a collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt. The keeper was out for three months and has since worn a protective headguard during games.
Mourinho, proud to have managed Cech
After announcement, Jose Mourinho said he is proud to have managed one of the modern best goalkeepers. The Czech goalkeeper was signed from Rennes by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri in 2004, one season before Mourinho arrived for his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
The goalkeeper was part of the spine of Chelsea’s golden years under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and then most spectacularly of all when, with interim manager Roberto di Matteo in charge, he was the hero of the Champions League final win against Bayern Munich on penalties in their own Allianz Arena in 2012. Well done Petr!