‘I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve’: Chelsea legend and current Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, 36, announces he will retire at the end of the season after spending 15 years in the Premier League
Petr Cech will hang up his gloves at the end of the season after spending 15 years in the Premier League with Chelsea and current side Arsenal.
The 36-year-old has revealed the current campaign will be his last as he has achieved his targets as a professional footballer.
Cech announced the news on social media by posting a statement to his 1.79million followers.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will hang up his gloves in the summer
Former Chelsea custodian Cech revealed the news in a statement on Twitter
Cech starred in Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012
The veteran goalkeeper played a crucial role by saving Arjen Robben’s penalty in extra time
Cech dived to his left-hand side to keep out Ivica Olic’s penalty during a tense shootout
He celebrates with Didier Drogba after the Ivorian scored the winning penalty in Munich
CECH’S HONOURS IN ENGLAND
Chelsea (2004 – 2015)
Four Premier Leagues (2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15)
Four FA Cups (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12)
Three League Cups (2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15)
One Champions League (2011-12)
One Europa League (2012-13)
Two Community Shields (2005-06, 2009-10)
Arsenal (2015 – 2019)
One FA Cup (2016-17)
Two Community Shields (2015-16, 2017-18)
He wrote on Twitter: ‘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 at the end of this season.
‘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.
‘I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.’
Cech has won 18 trophies since arriving in England back in 2004 as a 22-year-old.
The former Czech Republic international played a crucial role in helping Chelsea win their first Premier League title during his first season at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.
He went on to win three more top-flight titles with the Blues as well as four FA Cups and the League Cup on three occasions during his time at Chelsea.
His most memorable moment came in the Champions League final when he starred in Chelsea’s penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012.
Cech saved an extra time spot-kick by former team-mate Arjen Robben and then two penalties in the tense shootout which followed.
He also won the Europa League during his time in west London.
The former Rennes shot stopper joined Arsenal for £10million on a four-year deal in 2015.
Cech (centre) is pictured alongside Robben and Mateja Kezman after signing for the Blues
Arsene Wenger quickly made him his No 1 but he lost his place under Unai Emery earlier this season and has failed to win back his starting spot from Bernd Leno.
The news means Cech will see out the final few months of his contract before hanging up his boots in May.
It was a career all the more remarkable given the serious head injury Cech suffered in 2006 following a collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt.
Hunt’s knee crashed into Cech’s head leaving him with a fractured skull, but he returned to action four months later wearing what became his trademark protective headgear.