Chelsea have announced the signing of former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer - a transfer that won't excite many.
But the modest signing on the Australian veteran may prove to be more valuable than first thought. The west London club have let both the back-up goalkeepers Henrique Hilario and Ross Turnbull leave the club after their contract expired this summer.
Thibaut Courtois, who is being seen as the successor of Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge, has been loaned out again for a third season to Atletico Madrid. So apparently there are no keepers to keep cover for Cech.
Since then Chelsea have had their eyes set on Norwich keeper John Ruddy and have seen their bids of £5million and £6million rejected by the Canaries. Chris Hughton wants £10million for the English keeper, according to The Guardian.
But it all came down to 9th of July, 2013 when Chelsea made probably one of the smartest moves of this transfer window by signing Mark Schwarzer on a one-year-deal.
Schwarzer had already stated earlier that next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be his swansong from professional football.
He was released by Fulham after the 2012-13 season. The 40-year-old keeper has vast experience and can provide the perfect cover required for Cech at The Blues. Both Courtois and Schwarzer have their eyes set for a place at next year’s World Cup squads for Belgium and Australia respectively. After the World Cup, Courtois will be back at Chelsea and would be ready to succeed Cech.
The Schwarzer deal to Chelsea makes perfect footballing sense as the club and the player both benefit from the move. Chelsea couldn’t waste time in searching for a back-up keeper any longer as some high profile signings are still to be made.
Schwarzer is a well known name in England as he has spent the last 17 years of his career starting at Bradford City back in 1996, then joining Middlesbrough and finally Fulham in 2008.
He’s looking forward to a new challenge and the club has confirmed that he’ll travel with his new squad for their pre-season tour to Asia. We can definitely expect some smart moves from the Blues this summer, this being a masterstroke from Mourinho since joining Chelsea again.
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