Mark Schwarzer joins Leicester City on 18-month deal

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Mark Schwarzer has joined Premier League basement boys Leicester City on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The Australian signed a contract until June 2016 and is excited by the move to the King Power Stadium where he'll fight Kasper Schmeichel and Ben Hamer for a place in the first-team.

He said: "I feel really excited about the challenge. When I first arrived, I got a great buzz and feel about the club."

Schwarzer moved from Fulham to Chelsea in 2013 but has only managed four appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, settling for a place as third-choice stopper behind Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois.

With Courtois being one of the best up and coming keepers in the world it would appear that should the 42-year old want to play in his final years then he would have had to move elsewhere.

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Schwarzer's first job at Leicester will be trying to help them remain in the top-flight. The Foxes currently sit four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

The Australian could make his debut on Saturday when Nigel Pearson's side face Aston Villa at home.

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