Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has shocked many after deciding to sign with Chelsea for the next Barclays Premier League season.

Former free agent Schwarzer has signed a one year deal with the Europa League winners and has become the experienced back up that returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been looking for.

Schwarzer is understandably pleased about signing for the former Champions League winner telling Chelsea's official website, "It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here.

"There were other interests but once I knew Chelsea were interested it was very much the case that I wanted to try and make it happen. I'm very fortunate and delighted to be sitting here today."

Schwarzer was believed to be looking for a club where he could be guaranteed first choice action, and has surprised many people with his decision.

Schwarzer was quick to deflect those claims and is simply excited to be a part of a side that is expected to challenge for major honours in the upcoming season.

"There were a lot of things that ticked all the boxes, but most of all Chelsea Football Club is an enormous club and I think a club that can re-establish itself as the best club in the country. It has an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable squad of players and it's very exciting."

Schwarzer will need to ensure he gets suitable game time at his new club as he looks to ensure he stays as Australia manager Holger Osieck's first choice for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

Australia currently possesses a number of quality young goalkeepers, including recent Club Brugge signing Mat Ryan and Borussia Dortmund back up Mitchell Langerak.

Some may see the move of Schwarzer as a risk leading into the World Cup as he attempts to fight off the claims of his fellow Australian keepers.

But the lure of possible trophies with his club is seen as a chance worth taking for the Australian. 

The closest he has come to major honours is twice being runner up in the UEFA Cup/ Europa League with his former English clubs Middlesbrough and Fulham.

Apart from that, the only trophy the Australian has won in his long career is the League Cup with Middlesbrough, way back in 2004.


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