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Petr Cech announces retirement at end of the season after glittering career

The Chelsea and Arsenal great is hanging up his gloves

This is officially the final season Petr Cech will grace the Premier League.

The Chelsea and Arsenal legend took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he will hang up his gloves at the end of the campaign.

Cech, whose 20-year career saw him win everything there was to win in club football, said: “I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to believe.”


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Two balls Cechy

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Two balls Cechy

Cech has kept 202 clean sheets – a Premier League record – and conceded just 15 goals in his first season in English football as Chelsea won the title under Jose Mourinho.

24 of those clean sheets astonishingly came in that 2004/05 title-winning season, another Premier League record.

Cech also won four golden glove awards, the last of which came in his first campaign at Arsenal in 2015/16.

A grim moment

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A grim moment

Mourinho famously claimed that the Czech international could be worth ‘up to 15 points a season’ after his arrival from Rennes in 2004.

After that incredible beginning to life in England, Cech had to bounce back from a horrendous collision with Reading player Stephen Hunt that left him with a fractured skull.

Donning the helmet ever since, his powers only started to fade in more recent years.


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