Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season.
The 36-year-old, who started his senior career in 1999, has also revealed the reason behind his decision.
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) January 15, 2019
The former Czech Republic international won the Premier League four times and the Champions League during his time at Chelsea.
The former Chelsea star has released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday morning confirming the 2018-19 season will be the final campaign of his 20-year career.
Cech said: “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 this 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.”
For your consummate professionalism, for being the perfect role model, for the 50 clean sheets, for your honesty, your integrity and for your inspiring work with @AFC_Foundation, we want to say…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 15, 2019
Cech joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from French side Rennes and has since gone on to become the Blues legend.
Thereafter, the shot-stopper left Stamford Bridge side for London rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2015 signing a four-year deal at the Emirates.