Chelsea goalkeeper Henrique Hilario, who was reportedly released at the end of last season, has been recalled and offered a new one-year contract with the West London club.

The Portuguese goalkeeper was brought to Chelsea in 2006 from Nacional by Jose Mourinho, during the manager's first spell at the club.

Hilario insists he is happy to remain in West London and looks forward to working with Mourinho.

"It feels really good to sign a new contract for another year at the club, I'm very proud," he told the club's official website.

"I'm really pleased to be part of this great squad and I'm looking forward to working once again with Jose Mourinho."

The 37-year-old stopper has made 39 Chelsea appearances and kept 18 clean sheets. He made his debut against Barcelona in October 2006, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 Champions league win.

Hilario once occupied the position of the second-choice goalkeeper behind Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

However, he will now be one of the four goalkeepers in the squad along with Cech, Mark Schwarzer and Jamal Blackman, with Thibaut Courtois sent out to Atletico Madrid on loan for a third consecutive season.

Hilario will be starting his seventh season at the club and being one of four goalkeepers, tendency exists that he may not make any appearance this season.

Nevertheless, with the former Fulham keeper likely to feature in League Cup games to ensure he stays match fit as a second choice, Henrique may be considered third ahead of Blackman.

 

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