Mark Schwarzer comments on why he left Chelsea for Leicester

The Australian goalkeeper left Chelsea to sign for Leicester City.

Despite being 42-years-old, Schwarzer agreed to sign for the Foxes on an 18-month deal, and is likely to compete with Kasper Schmeichel as number one stopper at the King Power Stadium.

Being third choice at Stamford Bridge behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech, Schwarzer’s departure was almost inevitable, and Leicester have done well to secure a goalkeeper of his talents. He had yet to make a single appearance for the Blues this campaign, and he leaves Chelsea having made seven appearances.

Although playing opportunities would have been limited had he remained with the Blues, it is likely that Jose Mourinho would have wanted the Australian to stay, as he would be guaranteed to always have a top class goalkeeper available for selection - even if Courtois or Cech were injured. However, Schwarzer had nothing but words of praise for the Portuguese coach, claiming that he was ‘unbelievable’ in letting him leave West London.

“Chelsea have been excellent and Jose Mourinho has been unbelievable in allowing me to leave,” the ageing star was quoted as saying by West London Sport.

“It was a really amicable split from the club and I have a lot of time for everyone at Chelsea for allowing me to have this next challenge.

“It is a new challenge in my career and one I think will be very exciting.”

Continuing to address his departure from Stamford Bridge, Schwarzer revealed why he had wanted to leave, claiming that the chance to play more first-team Premier League football had been too large a draw to refuse.

He added: “It was the draw of being able to be more involved and hopefully being able to play some football in the Premier League. I have come here with the hope of playing football.”

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