Cech gets top Chelsea award

The Czech Republic international finished top of a poll which saw

28,000 supporters cast their votes. Cech, who turns 29 on Friday,

joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 and has helped the club

challenge Manchester United for top honours. He said on Chelsea TV:

“I have been here seven years now and playing with some of the best

players in the world doesn’t make it easy for a goalkeeper to win

an award, but I am really pleased. “I really appreciate it because

having played for such a great club with great players, to win

player of the year is a great achievement. “There are players here

when I joined the club still here, we have had good years, worse

years, average years, but they made me feel at home and that’s why

I look forward to the future. “You always want to win everything

but especially the Champions League now, that is the only one

missing.” Left-back Ashley Cole was named the players’ player of

the year and insisted Chelsea would be fighting to win next

season’s Premier League title next season, after losing their crown

to long-time rivals United. Cole said: “As a team we never gave up,

we always had confidence but we fell short and hopefully next

season things will change and we’ll get back our title.” Josh

McEachran collected young player of the year honours.