Mark Schwarzer claims Petr Cech has been performing better than Chelsea’s other keepers in training and could even leave if he receives a good offer to play regularly elsewhere.
Cech hung up his gloves over a year ago, taking on the technical role at Chelsea, though he was a shocking addition in Frank Lampard’s Premier League squad list this month.
Though, Cech was listed as ‘emergency cover’, Schwarzer has revealed that he is in great shape after his time away from football and believes he could even extend his career.
‘I spoke to him two weeks ago and we were talking about lots of different things, talking about Mendy, Kepa and himself training,’ Schwarzer told Optus Sports.
‘And he just was saying that he felt so good. He said to me that, had he have known that having time off he would have felt so good, he would have only had six months off and wouldn’t have retired. He actually believes he’s fit enough and strong enough and good enough still to play in the Premier League.
‘So it’s an interesting one because he’s caught in two jobs at the moment, he’s Chelsea’s Technical and Performance Advisor and that his number one role.
‘But if an opportunity came along that was of interest to him, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Petr Cech coming back out of retirement and playing somewhere. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it would not be a shock to me if that happened.’
He continued: ‘From my understanding, he was better than the Chelsea keepers – but this was before Mendy arrived at the club. He was performing and training better than the Chelsea keepers.
‘On that, he’s number two. But he’s not because he hasn’t played games. I know he’s kicking the ball further than he did towards the end of his career, because the injuries he had, the problems he had with his ankle, his calf, they were hindering his kicking game.
‘So apparently he has no problems with that at all anymore. He’s kicking the ball as far as he [ever] did.
‘So he’s been working hard, he’s been playing in goal for ice hockey, he’s been doing lots of other fitness stuff, keeping very fit, doing lots of gym work. And he is, now you see in the last couple of weeks, he’s been training with Chelsea on the football pitch.’