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Sports Retired Cech named in Chelsea's EPL squad as emergency 'keeper

02:06  21 october  2020
02:06  21 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Petr Cech has been named in Chelsea ’ s squad for the current Premier League season despite retiring from football in 2019. Youngsters like Mason Mount and Reece James were automatically included in the squad as U21 registered players, meaning Lampard had spare room in his selection

Chelsea have sprung a surprise by including retired goalkeeping legend Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad list. Chelsea confirmed his inclusion was not a mistake in a statement: “Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover.

Petr Cech looking at the camera © Jan Kruger / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Petr Cech has been included in Chelsea's 25-man squad for the Premier League season.

Nope, that's not a typo; the retired goalkeeper and Chelsea legend was named as one of four backstops in Frank Lampard's team on Tuesday.

"Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover," the club statement read. "This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the COVID-19 crisis. He takes up a position as a non-contract player."

Cech currently works as a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge after winning four Premier League titles during an illustrious 11-year spell with Chelsea. The former Czech international retired in 2019 following a four-year stint at Arsenal.

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Petr Cech : Retiring goalkeeper' s incredible save for Chelsea in FA Cup Final v Liverpool. Cech started this season as Arsenal first choice keeper but has since lost his place to Bernd Leno. The Czech has made 12 appearances for the Gunners this season, with his most recent coming when he

Cech could make his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield. Roman Abramovich allowed Cech to end his 11-year career at Chelsea . Premier League champions Chelsea have opened talks with Stoke over a swoop for keeper Asmir Begovic. The Blues have made an official enquiry to Stoke

The 38-year-old's inclusion in Lampard's team marks the latest wrinkle in Chelsea's recent mixed bag of experiences between the pipes.

Cech played an instrumental role in luring shot-stopper Edouard Mendy from Rennes in the summer for a reported £22-million fee amid doubts that world-record 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was up to the task.

Mendy, Arrizabalaga, and Argentine Willy Caballero have been named to the 25-man squad alongside Cech.

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