Chelsea explain why Petr Cech has been included in Premier League squad

Ozil with Mikel Arteta.  Source PA

Cech won the Premier League title as many four times, the FA Cup also on four occasions, and the Champions League and the Europa League once each.

The 38 year-old, who returned to the Blues as technical and performance advisor last summer, will essentially be Chelsea's fifth-choice goalkeeper this season.

Yet they have taken the remarkable step of including Cech among their playing staff for the Premier League campaign after Premier League sides were given until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to register their squads for the season.

"Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover".

Chelsea's futility in the defensive department over the past 12 months have already been well documented, especially with the goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga emerging as a liability, after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a big-money transfer during the summer of 2018.

Cech was on the books of Chelsea from 2004 until 2015 before he moved to London and Premier League rivals Arsenal.

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Cech will be a non-contract player. "That was pretty much common knowledge", said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

"Pete has been training with the goalkeepers for a few weeks now, he is passing on quality".

Cech may have retired back in 2019, but he is a year younger than Caballero (38) and has been keeping fit and training during the recent global break. Pete finished playing when he could have probably carried on and taken on his role at Chelsea, which he does very well.

"We had a space in the squad and this year is like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation". So it was an easy one.

"Whether we see him or not I'm not so sure". It depends how the season goes with Covid and isolations.

"In the end, we agreed and it was actually also his idea that since I train with the team, it will make sense to put me in for some emergency situation". "When he's in such good form it can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world's best in recent years in the modern era amongst us".

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