Petr Cech sends message to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ahead of potential return

Chelsea legend Petr Cech insists he is “100 per cent ready” to play in the Premier League again. Cech has been named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, over a year since he retired from playing. The former Czech Republic international became Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor after leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

But an injury to summer signing Edouard Mendy forced Frank Lampard into calling upon his former team-mate.

Mendy is now back fit and has kept a clean sheet in each of his first three league appearances for the Blues.

Willy Caballero and Kepa Arrizabalaga are also both available to Lampard.

But Cech says he is ready if called upon to be thrust into top-flight action.

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“It’s true that it would have been a professional error to do this if I wasn’t at Premier League level, but that’s not the way we work here,” Cech told Telefoot.

“I know I’m 100 per cent ready to help if needs be. I’m fit, and with the two months of training, I’ve seen I have the same quality.

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“Furthermore, I rested for a year without playing football. It really gave me energy, my body recovered after playing 20 years as a professional.

“If the circumstances put me on the pitch, I’m ready.”

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Last month, Lampard described the decision to include Cech in his squad as a no-brainer.

“It’s definitely not for the romance,” Lampard said.

“Pete’s been training with the keepers for a little while. He’s very fit and still relatively young. Pete finished playing when he could have probably carried on and taken on his role at Chelsea.

“We had a space in the squad and this year is like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation. So it was an easy one. Pete will still do his day job but he’s there if we need him.

“I certainly felt it was a no brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason and he can only help the goalkeepers we have. He’s one of the best in the world in the modern era.

“If we’re in crisis we couldn’t ask for anything much better than having Petr Cech around. I don’t expect it but nobody expected what we’ve seen in the last six or seven months around the world.”

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