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Petr Cech signs for Guildford Phoenix hockey team and will play ‘when his Chelsea schedule allows’

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The Chelsea chief may not see that much time on the ice (Pictures: Getty/Guildford Phoenix)

Chelsea insist Petr Cech’s new career in ice hockey will not affect his role at the club and he will only play for the Guildford Phoenix when his schedule allows him to.

The former Czech Republic international announced on Wednesday that he would be swapping football boots for ice skates and lining up in goal for the Phoenix, with his debut coming on Sunday.

But Cech has already taken up a role as technical and performance advisor at Chelsea since retiring from football, and the club say his hockey dream will be secondary.

Cech took up a technical role back at Chelsea after leaving Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘[Cech] will play as goalie for Guildford Phoenix, which is located close to where he lives,’ Chelsea explained on their website.

‘When his Chelsea Football Club schedule allows, he is ready to help them in their league games.’

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Cech, who played a lot of ice hockey growing up before pursuing a football career, will be in action on Sunday when Swindon Wildcats 2 visit Guildford.

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Speaking about his move onto the ice rink, he said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience.

‘I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.

**PETR CECH SIGNS WITH THE PHOENIX**

The ex professional footballer will begin his ice hockey career this Sunday when he makes his debut for the Phoenix!

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— Guildford Phoenix (@gford_phoenix) October 9, 2019

‘After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.’

Phoenix head coach Andy Hemmings added: ‘The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix, he is a great guy who trains hard and I cannot wait to see him make his debut.’

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