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Petr Cech ‘set to return to Chelsea as sporting director’ when he retires this summer

Petr Cech appears set to return to former club Chelsea as a sporting director after he retires at the end of the season.

Cech announced in January he was hanging up his gloves this summer but had kept his options open for a future role in the game. 

His final game will be in the Europa League final in eight days’ time when Arsenal face Chelsea in Baku.

It will be the swansong for a glittering career before he rejoins Chelsea as a member of their backroom staff, according to Sky Sports.

That would make the final game of his career a meeting with his form – and future – employers. 

Chelsea have not had a sporting director since Michael Emenalo resigned in November 2017.

Marina Granovskaia has operated in that capacity since his departure. 

Cech was part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League in Munich in 2012
Cech was part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League in Munich in 2012

It is not yet clear what responsibilities Cech will have in the role.

The Blues face the threat of a two-window transfer ban beginning this summer, which would impact Cech’s role in the short term.

The goalkeeper enjoys legendary status at Stamford Bridge after 11 successful years at the club and has built up a close relationship with owner Roman Abramovich. 


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