Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has hailed the exploits of his former Chelsea teammate Petr Cech describing him as a dependable safe hand.
Mikel who is still searching for a new club after terminating his contract with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda described the opportunity he had playing with the Czechoslovakian international as a great honour.
The 36-year-old is set to call time on his illustrious football career and the Nigeria international has applauded the move noting that there is time for everything in life.
“It has been an honour to have played and won so many trophies with you Petr Cech,” Mikel posted on Instagram.
Cech who has seven league appearances this season for Arsenal will hope his side claim victory over his former club Chelsea when they meet on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
Cech started his career with Chmel Blsany and played for Sparta Prague, Rennes before joining the Blues in 2004.
He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cup, three league Cup, two Community Shield, one Champions League and one Europa League trophy before joining Arsenal in 2015 to end his 11-year stay at the Stamford Bridge.
While Mikel may have hailed Cech’s planned retirements plan, there are no indications that retirement is on his own plans for now. The former lyn of Oslo midfielder who has hinted that he may not be leaving China despite parting ways with Tianjin Teda is yet to pitch tent with another club.
There have been speculations that possibilities abound in the Major Super League in United States, Turkish league and even return to England all of which the former Tianjin Teda captain is yet to indicate any interest.
It is equally speculated that other teams in the 20-team Chinese Super League sides may take advantage of his exit from Tianjin Teda to woo him to their side.
Compatriot and equally clubless Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is also in the market but has made it clear he will not be interested in joining a second division club.