Chelsea have named retired goalkeeper Petr Cech in their 25-man squad for the Premier League season.
Cech retired in 2019, having spent four seasons with Arsenal following his departure from Chelsea in 2015.
After his retirement, Cech – who spent 11 years as a player at Stamford Bridge – returned to Chelsea as their technical and sporting adviser.
Petr Cech being on Chelsea’s squad list for Premier league is NOT a mistake.
‘Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover. This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis. 💙💙👑 pic.twitter.com/69sde12Oi8
— Chelsea India – Valsad (@CiscValsad) October 21, 2020
However, in a surprising twist, Chelsea have named the 38-year-old in their squad as “emergency cover” for the goalkeeper position.
In a statement, Chelsea noted this was a “precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the COVID-19 crisis”.
Petr Čech has been included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad list for the Premier League and it is NOT a mistake.
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 20, 2020
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Cech will be a non-contract player.
Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes in the transfer window, after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s poor form continued into the new campaign. Willy Caballero is Frank Lampard’s other goalkeeping option.