When Petr Cech arrived at Chelsea back in 2004, the 6ft 5in stopper was already a relatively experienced goalkeeper having already played in the Champions League.
Cech has played a pivotal part in the most successful period in the club's history, and he has no plans to hang up his gloves just yet - with an ambitious target of spending several more years between the sticks in west London.
"I have been playing at the top level for 11 years now - eight years with one of the best clubs in the world, which Chelsea is and has been," he told the club's official website. "Before that, I spent two years in France and, before that, I was playing in the Champions League with Sparta Prague when I was 19.
"I think that gives you a lot of experience. In your life, you can be a professional player at the highest level only once and that means, as long as I can play at that level, I will carry on. I hope I have another six or seven years to play."
Cech has played under a number of different managers during his eight year stay at Chelsea, with Andre Villas-Boas the latest to depart the Stamford Bridge dug-out.
Whilst each manager has had their own ideas and footballing philosophies, Cech has remained one of the first names on the Blues teamsheet, regardless of who is in charge.
"In terms of goalkeeping, you need to know that you are still sharp, still strong and that you have a good speed of execution in terms of reflex movements and hand-eye co-ordination," he explained. "These are the things you train the most on and they are the results you compare to see if you are still at the same level.
"I think, for an outfield player, it's different because maybe they can't continue to do what they were doing before as they get older and then they need to adjust their game in order to think faster, or something. But, as a goalkeeper, I think your reactions can be more or less the same until you are 39."
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