Chelsea sparked a surprise when they added retired goalkeeping legend Petr Cech to their 25-man Premier League roster.

The list of blues was confirmed on Tuesday and Cech’s name was quickly picked up.

The 38-year-old returned to Chelsea as a technical and performance advisor, where he spent much of his playing career after hanging up his gloves at Arsenal last year.

Chelsea confirmed his inclusion was not a mistake in a statement: “Petr Cech was added to the squad as an emergency goalkeeper. This is a cautionary move due to the unprecedented conditions currently being caused by the Covid-19 crisis. “He’s in a position as a non-contract player.”

The Czech international will reportedly train outside the Chelsea first-team bubble to minimize the risk of a Covid outbreak that will force all senior goalkeepers to self-isolate.

Cech is a legend at Stamford Bridge, where he played from 2004 to 2015.

During this time he made 494 appearances and conceded 228 goals.

Kepa has scored more goals in his last six PL games than Petr Cech in all of 2004-05.

– Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) October 20, 2020

He has also won 15 trophies, including four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

Despite growing concerns over Kepa Arrizabala’s form between the sticks, Cech is unlikely to have to put on a Chelsea shirt again as he will be the fourth pick behind the Spaniard and sign Edouard Mendy and Willy Caballero this summer.



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