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Mikel Hails Cech After Retirement Call

Mikel Hails Cech After Retirement Call

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has praised his former Chelsea teammate Petr Cech who announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old lost his starting place to Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium this season and, after a 20-year playing career, opted to quit playing second fiddle to the German shot-stopper.

Mikel who is poised to rejoin a new team after mutually terminating his deal with Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, however, wishes the Blues legend the best in his endeavours.

“It has been an honour to have played and won so many trophies with you @petrcech #Cookingrematch 😉 Good luck!,” Mikel wrote via his Instagram Page @mikel_john_obi.

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Mikel and Cech played together for over a decade at Chelsea winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, Europa League and three League Cups with the Blues.

Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 from French club Rennes and went on to win 13 trophies with the Stamford Bridge club, including one Champions League and four Premier League titles.

He also set a club record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions, beating the previous mark of 208 set by former England international Peter Bonetti between 1960 and 1979.

By Johnny Edward

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