Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has praised his former goalkeeper Petr Čech for contributions to the London club.
Cech completed his move to London rivals Arsenal for a fee of around £10m.
The 33 year old goalkeeper is a Chelsea legend where he played from 2004 to 2015 and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.
Considered as a one of the best in modern era, Petr Čech has won Premier League for three times in the 2004–05, 2009–10 and 2013–14 seasons.
He also holds the record of most number of clean sheets in English Premier League.
“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win,” Mourinho told Chelsea’s official website.”
“I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first team football every week.”
“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club. I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way.”
“It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it. There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision.”
“Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”
Mourinho was the Chelsea manager to give the Czech Republic goalkeeper his debut in 2004 after signing him from French side Rennes for £7m and the player spoke of the respect he has for his former boss.
“He (Mourinho) had to make his decision at the start of last season, I had to make my decision at the start of this season, but I will always keep the best regards for him because I believe that we had so much success and so much respect for each other,” said Cech.
“He is one of the best managers in the world. Now, we will be opponents but it will not change our relationship, I believe.”
“I learned a lot from him and one of those things was that if you have to make a hard decision, you need to make sure that you do it if you believe it is the right choice.”