Chelsea have turned down a loan offer from Fulham for goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer as Jose Mourinho believes Petr Cech could depart in January.
According to Goal.com, the Championship side approached their west London rivals regarding the availability of the Australian stopper, who was goalkeeper for Fulham for five years between 2008 and 2013 before he joined Chelsea on a free transfer.
The deal was an emergency loan between the two teams but with Thibaut Courtois currently being assessed for concussion sustained against Arsenal and Cech linked with a move away, Mourinho didn't want to sanction the move.
Cech at Chelsea
Chelsea believe Cech will push for a move in the January transfer window if he cannot break back past Courtois in the battle for the club's number one shirt.
Should that be the case, Chelsea would be left with Courtois and Schwarzer. While Courtois is extremely highly-rated, Mourinho wants an experienced back-up in place should injury strike.
Fulham wanted an emergency loan deal granting them permission to take Schwarzer until the end of the season, something Chelsea were not prepared to do even while he is currently third choice.
Schwazer signed a one-year contract extension at Chelsea over the summer, and it's not clear whether the 42-year-old will extend past that.
Cech recently admitted on Czech national radio that he has 'no time' to sit on the bench at Chelsea if he expects to keep his place in the national team, and Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid are two clubs reportedly keeping tabs on his situation at Stamford Bridge.