Chelsea chief Cech rolls back the years in Blues training – complete with helmet

Chelsea chief Petr Cech has rolled back the years after getting on the training pitch donning full kit – helmet included.

The Blues legend joined last summer in a newly-formed role as technical and performance advisor.

His job includes being a link between Frank Lampard and board members including Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck.

But he has taken on a more advanced role in transfers recently, brokering deals with players by selling them the advantages of being at Chelsea.

However, it appears his playing days might not be fully out of his head after he was spotted training with the current crop between the sticks at Cobham.

Along with under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga and goalkeeping coach Henrique Hilario, Cech was donning a full training kit for Chelsea.

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Frank Lampard's team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

And they don't seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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He was also wearing his trademark helmet, which he has worn while playing since October 2006 after a sickening injury against Reading.

It became an iconic part of his legacy, however, as he went on to make 494 appearances for the Blues.

During that time, he solidified himself as one of the best goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League and landed a host of records.

The latest signing at Stamford Bridge in a busy summer is Edouard Mendy, who also plays in goal.

He has joined from Rennes, Cech's old club, to compete with Kepa for the No. 1 spot and the Czech Republic legend played a huge role in landing the 28-year-old.

Mendy was a personal recommendation to Lampard, who told his goalkeepers to strive for the same impact Cech had in west London.

"Every goalkeeper has a journey and a story," said Lampard.

"Petr Cech turned up as a young lad from Ligue 1 in France and created his own story here through his own hard work and his qualities.

"That is the benchmark for any goalkeeper that comes to Chelsea, to try and emulate him [Cech].

"Of course, it’s very tough because of what Petr managed to do in his career.

"Everyone has that opportunity, so it’s a challenge. Not just for Mendy but for every player in the squad."

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