'Couldn't believe that': Chelsea summer signing says Petr Cech did something which amazed him before he joined

Chelsea summer signing Gabriel Slonina has told The Evening Standard that he couldn’t believe that Petr Cech had got in touch with him before he signed for the Blues.

The 18-year-old was one of the first additions to the squad under the new owners, after the previous regime had completed the groundwork way in advance.

This included a direct conversation with Blues legend Petr Cech, who had done plenty of research on the highly-promising goalkeeper in the MLS.

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After making his league debut at just 17 for Chicago Fire, he had become a stalwart for the club before the Blues came knocking, facing competition from fellow powerhouse Real Madrid.

However, Slonina has claimed that after Cech got in touch, the decision was straight forward for the youngster.

Slonina impressed by Cech

He said: “I almost thought it was fake [when Cech called]. I had to listen in to make sure it was him, luckily I didn’t hang up. I couldn’t believe that I was talking to Petr Cech so to listen to him and his advice was an honour.

“I was super impressed that he knew my game. It shows how to conduct yourself when you get to a certain place in life. It is a credit to him and what a legend he is that he is trying to inspire younger keepers. He’s a great guy.”

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After spending the remainder of the MLS season impressing back at Chicago Fire on loan, Slonina is preparing to join his teammates at Stamford Bridge, with the future of Chelsea’s goalkeeper situation currently up in the air.

Edouard Mendy has so far not signed a new contract to stay at the club, whilst rumours Kepa Arrizabalaga is wanted fail to go away.

Despite his age, there’s a real possibility Slonina could be part of the first team squad very soon.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.