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Chelsea refuse to comment on Petr Cech return

Chelsea refuse to comment on Petr Cech return
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The veteran goalkeeper is set to retire from playing.

Chelsea have declined to comment on a report former goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to the club in a sporting director role.

Cech, who turned 37 on Monday, confirmed he will retire following the Europa League final between Arsenal and the Blues in Azerbaijan next week.

A report on Tuesday evening suggested Cech – who joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2002 and went on to win a string of trophies, including four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League – was set to take up an off-field role at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea did not comment when contacted by Press Association Sport concerning the story.

Michael Emenalo left his role as Chelsea’s technical director during November 2017 to join Monaco.

After helping Arsenal to reach the Europa League final with victory over Valencia, Cech was asked about his plans once he finally hung up his gloves at the end of the season.

The goalkeeper said in a pitchside interview with BT Sport following the 4-2 second-leg win in Spain: “Well, I have to say I keep the door open for whatever comes.

“You know, staying home, doing nothing, playing ice hockey, playing drums or doing something in football straight away is always a possibility.

“I will just sit at home and I will see what will come – but now really I concentrate on these last weeks, the final, I want to win it, that is all I want.”

Cech added: “I always say the final is there to win, nothing else. In 10 years, nobody remembers who you beat, only the one who won, so you have to be on the winning side.”


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