Leicester confirm Mark Schwarzer signing

Mark Schwarzer

Leicester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea.

Leicester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a contract to June 2016.

Schwarzer, 42, joins Leicester on a free transfer from Chelsea, with the Foxes moving to add the veteran shot-stopper in the continuing absence of Kasper Schmeichel, who is out with a broken metatarsal.

The Australia international has made over 500 top-flight appearances during stints at Middlesbrough, Fulham and Stamford Bridge since 1997, and is one of just three keepers, alongside Petr Cech and David James, to have kept more than 150 Premier League clean sheets.

Schwarzer made just 12 appearances for Chelsea after joining from Fulham at the end of the 2012-13 campaign as Petr Cech's backup, and found himself further pushed down the pecking order this season following the emergence of Thibaut Courtois as the club's new number one.

With Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, who played alongside Schwarzer at Middlesbrough, forced to rely on Ben Hamer over the past five matches in Schmeichel's absence, his new signing could well be starting between the posts when the club host Aston Villa at the weekend.

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