Chelsea star reveals the reason why he's staying at Stamford Bridge

Mark Schwarzer

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has declared that he will stay in West London after messages from manager Jose Mourinho.

The Australian shot-stopper, now 41, has been a consistent performer in the Premier League for over 15 years after spells with Middlesbrough and Fulham, before arriving at Chelsea last summer as the backup to first choice Petr Cech.

But when the Czech Republic international suffered an injury against Atletico Madrid, Schwarzer was thrust into action – in the Champions League semi-final, whilst he also featured as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield.

However, with Thibaut Courtois set to return to Stamford Bridge after his three-year loan deal with Atletico Madrid came to an end, it was expected Schwarzer would be leaving the club upon the expiration of his one-year contract – only for the goalkeeper to announce that Mourinho wants him stay.

"I've had messages from the boss, he's very keen for me to re-sign with the club,” said Schwarzer. “And that's all I really need to know, that he wants to keep me at the club and I'll leave the rest up to the powers-that-be to sort it all out. I'm confident it'll be sorted out in the next week or two,” he continued.

The news serves to only ask more questions about Chelsea's goalkeeping situation. With Courtois returning and Schwarzer poised to stay at the club as well, it would be a surprise to see Mourinho carry three goalkeepers. Speculation continues to grow that one of them will be leaving, but will it be Cech or Courtois?

It could suggest that Courtois will be the first choice next season, as Schwarzer would serve as good, experienced backup to Courtois, rather than leaving the youngster without a mentor – a role which Cech surely wouldn't want to play at this stage of his career.

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