From Metro UK
Chelsea plan to offer Petr Cech a coaching role after the club legend confirmed he plans to retire at the end of the current season.
The 36-year-old joined Arsenal from their west London rivals four years ago but, after losing his place to summer signing Bernd Leno, Cech believes the time is right to call time on his glittering career.
According to The Times, Chelsea are keen to avoid missing out on the chance to bring genuine club legend back into the fold as Arsenal did with Patrick Vieira, the captain of their famed Invincibles.
Vieira joined Manchester City in an administrative role before cutting his managerial teeth at New York, returning to Europe last year to coach Nice.
Cech won 13 major honours during a trophy-laden career in west London and Chelsea reportedly discussed the possibility of signing him as recently as last summer following the departure of Thibaut Courtois.
Announcing his intention to retire, Cech said: ‘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 the season.
‘Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel 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.’