Former footballer Andriy Shevchenko, who played with Petr Cech at Chelsea, has spoken about the goalkeeper’s "incredible" move into ice hockey.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper signed for Oxford City Stars in June, playing five times so far for the Stars, making 236 saves in the process before his loan move to the Elite Ice Hockey league with Belfast Giants who are going through an injury crisis.

Shevchenko, who won the Ballon d’Or winner in 2004, admitted that Cech’s step onto the ice is “quite amazing".

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He said: “I know he is full of enthusiasm. I know he does a lot of things but it is incredible he has this enthusiasm for learning and searching for things.

“It’s quite amazing and Petr is a great guy.”

Shevchenko played alongside Cech between 2006 and 2009 winning and FA Cup and League Cup together and also reaching a Champions League final.

Oxford Mail: Petr Cech playing for the Oxford City Stars Petr Cech playing for the Oxford City Stars (Image: Jack Chesterman)The Ukrainian recently joined Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko in backing an education scheme in Oxford for students affected by Russia’s invasion.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea man, who scored 48 goals for Ukraine during his playing career spearheaded the launch of the Oxbridge Foundation at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire on November 6.

The foundation aims to fund up to 20 placements for Ukraine students, aged 17 to 19, on one-year programmes at Cherwell College and UC Berkeley in California.

Oxford Mail: Andriy Shevchenko in Oxfordshire Andriy Shevchenko in Oxfordshire (Image: PA)Cech recently played in the Game4Ukraine at Stamford Bridge on August 5 raising money to rebuild a school which was badly damaged by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Shevchenko and Zinchenko captained the two teams as the game’s official ambassadors.

Whilst at Chelsea, Cech won every club honour possible spending 11 years at Stamford Bridge and collecting 13 major honours.

He joined the Blues after spells with Sparta Prague and Rennes, signing for Chelsea in a £7 million move in 2004.

Cech left the Blues for Arsenal, where he added another FA Cup medal to his collection before retiring in 2019.

Following the end of his football career, he played for ice hockey sides Guildford Phoenix and Chelmsford Chieftains, prior to joining Stars.