Cech gets top Chelsea award

Goalkeeper Petr Cech was awarded Chelsea’s Player of the Year

prize at the club’s awards dinner on Thursday night.

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.