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Cech extends Chelsea contract

ESPN staff
May 28, 2012
Petr Cech enjoyed Champions League success with Chelsea earlier this month © Getty Images

Goalkeeper Petr Cech has committed his future to Chelsea by penning a new four-year contract with the club, which ties him down until 2016.

Cech has been rewarded for his penalty-saving heroics during Chelsea's Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich earlier this month.

He also tasted victory in the FA Cup this season as cup success helped soothe the pain of a difficult league campaign; Chelsea were sixth in the Premier League table.

He has emerged as one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League since joining the Blues in 2004, making 369 appearances - more than any other overseas player in the club's history.

Cech said to Chelsea's official website: "I am really happy to be part of this great club for another four years. I hope the next four years will be as successful as the last eight years I have been at the club."

Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "Chelsea fully appreciates the highly significant contribution Petr has made to the most successful period in the club's history, and it is very important to our aim of continuing this level of achievement that he has committed himself to the club until 2016.

"It is clear to anyone who watched the climax to the season just completed that Petr continues to perform as well as any goalkeeper in the world."

Cech will play for the Czech Republic at Euro 2012 this summer.

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