Arsenal's Petr Cech.

Chelsea will offer Petr Cech a role at the club next season after his retirement

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Petr Cech will retire from professional football at the end of the season.

The Czech Republic goalkeeper will go down as one of the Premier League's greatest ever players, winning four league titles with Chelsea.

He also helped the Blues lift their maiden Champions League trophy back in 2012.

Cech wrote on his official social media channels: "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 this season.

"Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like 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."

After losing his place at Arsenal to Bernd Leno this season, now seems the best opportunity to call time on a legendary career.

But what is next for Cech? Well, Chelsea are set to make a classy gesture and will offer him a number of roles at the club for next season.

According to the Daily Mail, the 36-year-old is set be offered an ambassadorial role, a coaching position or a role within the club’s academy.

Cech with Arsenal

Cech has already started his coaching badges and is said to be looking to break into the world of management.

It seems a very sensible decision from Chelsea to bring back a player who knows the club inside out and is one the true greats of the Premier League era.

Arsenal themselves have been reluctant to do the same in recent years, with both Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta moving to Manchester City in coaching roles.

As for Cech, few players - if any - are viewed in such high regard by both Arsenal and Chelsea fans, which says everything about one of the good guys of the sport.

Bernd Leno
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