- Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to goalkeeper Petr Cech
- Cech revealed he will be retiring from the game at the end of the 2018-19 season
- The Portuguese tactician Mourinho signed Cech shortly after joining Chelsea in 2004
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has taken out time from his forced leave since leaving Old Trafford to pen a special tribute to goalkeeper Petr Cech.
According to The Mirror citing Sky Sports, the Portuguese tactician, who signed Cech moments after he was named Chelsea boss in 2004 revealed the highly-rated goalkeeper played an important role in his first Premier League title.
Cech who kept 15 clean sheets as the Blues claimed their first Premier League title, ended up winning the EPL four times, five FA Cups and the Champions League before deciding he would be quitting the round leather game at the end of the current campaign.
"I am honoured to have been the manager that, at such an early age, gave Petr a top Premier League number one shirt," he told Sky Sports News.
"After that day, it is all about him. All about his numbers, his performances, his clean sheets, his titles and his professionalism.
"It's a big loss for football but history can't be deleted. Many congratulations on such an amazing career,” noted Mourinho.
Cech has already confirmed it is time to step aside from professional football after two decades in the saddle.
"This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season.
"Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.
"I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch,” a statement from Cech read in part.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Chelsea legend Petr Cech is set to retire at the end of this season after 20 years in the round leather game.
The present Arsenal captain announced his retirement plan after spending almost four years at the Emirates and 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge.
"Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve," said the ex-Czech Republic international.