Chelsea have turned heads by naming retired goalkeeper Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad.
The 38-year old retired from football in 2019 after a four-year stint with Arsenal.
He now works as a technical and performance advisor at the club and his inclusion in the squad has been described by Chelsea as “a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis”.
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“Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover,” a 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 last played in Arsenal’s 4-1 loss in the Europa League final against Chelsea.
In other news, Mesut Ozil’s future at the Gunners is in doubt after he was left out of Arsenal’s squad.
Despite being the highest-paid player in the club’s history, Ozil’s exile is only set to be prolonged after being discarded from both the Premier League and Europa League squads.
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He has not played for the club since the 7th of March.
Sky Sports’ Richard Morgan says that Ozil’s options are limited if he looks to move on from the club in the immediate future following his snubbing.
“Well, the German’s options are fairly limited, with almost every transfer window in Europe now shut, bar Portugal, where clubs have until October 25 to sign new players,” he wrote.
“The Russian window closed on October 17, so what about a move to either the Chinese Super League or the UAE?
“Well, the CSL’s third transfer window shut at end of September, while the window in the UAE closed on October 6, although their FA are still awaiting Fifa approval to reopen that by a month.
“However, Ozil could still make a switch to Qatar, whose window does not close until October 25, or the MLS, whose secondary window shuts four days later.”
His contract expires at the end of the season.
Ozil is currently on $630,000 a week.