Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to departing shot stopper Mark Schwarzer, who has left the Stamford Bridge to join Premier League side Leicester City.
Schwarzer has found opportunities limited at the Blues since joining them from Fulham as second choice goalkeeper in the summer of 2013.
He spent five years at Fulham prior to moving to Chelsea, but left before last season kicked off, a year in which the London side were relegated to the Championship.
The Australian goalkeeper has spent the majority of his careeer in English football, having previously played for both Bradford City and Middlesbrough in the English top flight.
His move to Leicester comes after the long term injury suffered by Kasper Schmeichel.
Schwarzer made only four appearances for Chelsea while at Stamford Bridge, and saw his place as second choice goalkeeper taken over by Petr Cech this season after the return of Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell.
Mourinho was full of praise for the 42 year old Schwarzer, telling the press after Chelsea’s FA Cup win on Sunday: “He was a fantastic guy for us.
“As a goalkeeper when we needed him he was there for us. On behalf of myself and the group we wish him all the best.”
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Thibaut Courtois, considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, will return to parent club Chelsea next season, according to BBC Sport.
Courtois has impressed over the last few seasons whilst playing for Atletico Madrid. Atletico reached the Champions League final and won La Liga last season with Courtois in net, and many have called for his inclusion at Chelsea next season, in spite of the generally good form of current first choice Petr Cech.
Mourinho has finally confirmed that Courtois will return, something that should be seen as a positive by most Chelsea fans. There is little that he still has to work on, a commanding figure both between the sticks and in the penalty area, possibly in a manner that Cech has not been since his infamous cranial injury.
Chelsea will be looking to improve on their performance last year, which saw them finish the season trophy-less and in third place.
Thibaut Courtois has had an exceptional season for Atletico, but remains unsure as to where his future lies. Undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in world football today, he does not seem keen to return to Chelsea next season only to play the part of understudy to Petr Cech.
However, in an interview with the Belgian football magazine La Derniere Heure, he revealed that prior to the Barcelona game he was called by Jose Mourinho.
He said: “My future seemed clear, but then we faced Chelsea in the Champions League. Yes, Mourinho called me before the game against Barcelona (that decided the league title, giving it to Atletico), but what we discussed will remain private.
“I still have two years remaining on my deal with Chelsea, and in principle, I will join in pre-season training and see what happens from there.
“Now is not the time to discuss any sort of transfer – I am focussed on the World Cup, which is at stake.”