Chelsea FC announced today that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has agreed to a new one year contract with the Blues. Schwarzer will likely return to Chelsea as the third goalkeeper on the roster after Henrique Hilario’s contract ended after eight years with the club. The Australian goalkeeper will turn 42 this season and currently holds the record as the oldest player to ever play in a competitive match for Chelsea.
This is a fantastic move for Chelsea and Schwarzer who may yet see playing time at a very high level. Chelsea get an experienced backup who has proven that he can still be an effective option in the Premier League and even the Champions League.
The statement from the Chelsea official website:
Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce Mark Schwarzer has today (Tuesday) signed a new one-year contract.
The former Australian international goalkeeper, who holds his country’s appearance record, joined Chelsea last summer on a free transfer and proved a reliable backup to Petr Cech during the 2013/14 campaign.
He made his debut in a Capital One Cup victory at Swindon, and kept his place in that competition for games away to Arsenal and Sunderland. He also started in a Champions League home win against Steaua Bucharest.
That was his maiden appearance in Europe’s top competition, and he was called back into action following injury to Cech in our semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, performing admirably to keep a clean sheet, before ending the season between the posts as he covered for the recovering Cech. In total he made 12 starts and one substitute appearance during his first season with the club.
Before the news of Hilario leaving the club came out this could have made the Thibaut Courtois/Petr Cech situation all the more complicated. Luckily for us and for Chelsea, bringing on Mark Schwarzer as the third keeper will do no damage to that situation and gives the Blues another experienced backup to use in case of an emergency.
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