Following his shocking career change to sign for an ice hockey team, Chelsea have revealed why Petr Cech made the decision.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal keeper will make his debut for Guildford Phoenix on Sunday after penning a one-year deal with the club. Cech returned to the Blues in the summer as technical and performance advisor after spending the latter stages of his football career at Arsenal.
After signing with Guildford, Chelsea released a statement on their official portal that read, "He is, of course, the most successful goalkeeper in Chelsea Football Club history, including holding our record for the most number of clean sheets.
"Having retired from football following the Europa League final in May when he played for Arsenal against Chelsea, Cech returned to Stamford Bridge in his new technical role in June. At the age of 13, Cech had to make the decision between pursuing a future in ice hockey or in football, because he simply did not have time to practice both.
"Since moving to England he has frequently watched ice hockey in Guildford, as well as keeping up to speed with everything going on in the NHL in America."