The goalkeeper is leaving Stamford Bridge…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thanked departing goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for his efforts at the club, reports the Daily Mail.
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The Australian is leaving the Stamford Bridge outfit for Leicester City after 18 months at the side. He was never the first choice at the league leaders, but performed well when he was called upon in emergencies. His former boss has also said that he was a good person to have around the squad even when he wasn’t playing.
Since Thibaut Courtois’ return from a loan period at Atletico Madrid to take the number one jersey, the 42-year-old has been shifted to third choice at the Blues behind the youngster and Petr Cech. This has left him surplus to requirements at the club.
The experienced stopper will be first choice for at least the first few months at new club Leicester, with their normal keeper Kasper Schmeichel out with a broken metatarsal.
“As a goalkeeper, when we needed (Schwarzer), he was there for us, and as a person and a professional he was an amazing guy in our group,’ the 51-year-old said.
“On behalf of myself, my staff and my players I want to say we are going to miss the big guy and we wish him all the best in his new life at Leicester,” he added.
Mourinho has also said that the Aussie’s departure will allow him to give young English goalie Jamal Blackman some time in the first team.
“We’ll bring Jamal back from Middlesbrough. He was on loan there but he wasn’t playing so for them it’s not a problem,” the Portuguese continued.
“For us, he’s a young, English goalkeeper. He can work with Courtois and Cech so for him it’s a good experience,” he concluded.