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Chelsea legend Petr Cech announces retirement

Chelsea great Petr Cech has today announced he will be retiring at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on an incredible career in which he won every major trophy with the Blues including most famously the Champions League in 2012. 

Cech, who has been at Arsenal for the past three-and-a-half years, moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 and remained first-choice keeper between our posts for a decade, maintaining such high levels of performances that he will be remembered not just as our best-ever goalie but also as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. 

The 6ft 5in former Czech Republic captain won four Premier League titles during his time in west London, keeping a record 24 clean sheets during the first of those in 2004/05. Cech, now 36, also won the FA Cup on four occasions, the League Cup three times, the Europa League once and, most memorably of all, the Champions League in 2012, when his three penalty saves played a massive part in us lifting the trophy we craved most of all. 

Cech, who won the Chelsea Player of the Year award in 2011, is our highest overseas appearance maker ever. His 494 games puts him sixth in the all-time list of Chelsea appearances, and his 228 clean sheets is also a club record. 

On announcing his retirement, Cech tweeted:

Enjoy your retirement, Petr, and thank you for everything.

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