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Schwarzer Signs With Chelsea

Chelsea have bagged veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer following his exit from Fulham.

The Australia international penned a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge and brings a wealth of experience to the club, and will boost their goalkeeping options following the release of Hilario and Ross Turnbull - while Thibaut Courtois reunited with Atletico Madrid on loan.

"It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here," he told the club's official website.

"There were other interests but once I knew Chelsea was interested it was very much the case that I wanted to try and make it happen. I'm very fortunate and delighted to be sitting here today.

"There were a lot of things that ticked all the boxes, but most of all Chelsea Football Club is an enormous club and I think a club that can re-establish itself as the best club in the country. It has an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable squad of players and it's very exciting."

Asked if he had spoken to new manager Jose Mourinho before making the move, he added, "I have yes, a couple of times, and a few of the players now as well, so it's all systems go really. It's a new beginning for the club, very exciting times and I'm just as excited as anyone else."

Schwarzer spent five season with the Cottagers after an 11-year spell with Middlesbrough where he made over 400 appearances.

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