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Monday 28 May 2012

Cech signs new Chelsea deal

Blues goalkeeper to continue Stamford Bridge career until 2016

Petr Cech has had a successful Chelsea career since joining the club from Rennes in 2004

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2016.

The 30-year-old joined Chelsea from French side Rennes in 2004 and has played an integral part in the club's success over the last eight years.

He has won three Barclays Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Carling Cups and earlier this month he saved three penalties - two in the shootout - as Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League.

"I hope the next four years are as successful as the last eight"
- Ron Gourlay

"I am really happy to be part of this great club for another four years," Cech told Chelsea's official website.

"I hope the next four years will be as successful as the last eight years I have been at the club."

Cech has established himself as one of the world's finest goalkeepers and with 369 appearances under his belt, he has played more matches for Chelsea than any overseas player.

The Czech international has kept 178 clean sheets for Chelsea and won the Premier League Golden Gloves - awarded to the goalkeeper with most clean sheets in a season - in 2004/04 and 2009/10.

"Chelsea fully appreciates the highly significant contribution Petr has made to the most successful period in the club's history," added Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay.

"It is very important to our aim of continuing this level of achievement that he has committed himself to the club until 2016.

"It is clear to anyone who watched the climax to the season just completed that Petr continues to perform as well as any goalkeeper in the world."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech signs new contract
  • Deal will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2016
  • He has won three Barclays Premier League titles