Schwarzer - signing new Chelsea deal was an easy decision

Mark Schwarzer has said playing at the age of 41, signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge was easy.

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has said it was an easy decision for him to sign a new contract at Chelsea.

The 41-year-old joined the club last summer from Fulham on a free transfer, and is again likely to provide cover for the first choice keeper at Stamford Bridge.

At the moment it looks as if it could be Thibaut Courtois after a lengthy loan spell at Atletico Madrid, making Petr Cech's future a little uncertain.

Schwarzer told the Chelsea website: "I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I obviously wanted to stay at Chelsea. I really enjoyed my time here last season and it ticked a lot of boxes with some personal achievements along the way. All that was missing was winning a major trophy.

"However I had some fantastic experiences – new experiences – and to be able to say that at 41 is pretty nice. To have the opportunity to train with and play with some world-class players, and to work with the manager who has been brilliant: it was an easy decision to re-sign here."

During his first season at Stamford Bridge, Schwarzer made a total of 12 appearances for the Blues, including appearances and kept eight clean sheets, including one during an impressive display at Anfield where Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners - and he also participated in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final.

Following on from a season where Chelsea were unusually left without silverware they will be hoping that after a season since Jose Mourinho's return, combined with a transfer window which has seen a lot of activity.

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