Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Cech has announced he would be retiring at the end of the season after an incredible career.
Mourinho signed Cech shortly after arriving at Chelsea in 2004 and the stopper played a pivotal role in their first Premier League title success, keeping a staggering 15 clean sheets.
Cech has since gone on to win four Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League and Mourinho has sent a message to his former goalkeeper.
“I am honoured to have been the manager that, at such an early age, gave Petr a top Premier League number one shirt,” he told Sky Sports News.
Good bye Peter cech… absolutely stunning goalkeeper
And let’s not forget the contribution made by Jose Mourinho for bringing him and other stars to premier league and even to the world football#Mourinho https://t.co/NeBWNpXhhL
— Shivam Srivastava (@Shivamsri2001) January 15, 2019
“After that day, it is all about him. All about his numbers, his performances, his clean sheets, his titles and his professionalism.
“It’s a big loss for football but history can’t be deleted. Many congratulations on such an amazing career.”
Cech has confirmed he will call it a day at the end of the season after 20 years in professional football.
He said in a statement: “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 the 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.