Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer leaves for Leicester - Jose Mourinho says he will 'miss the big guy'

The 42-year-old has not featured this season

Monday 05 January 2015 10:53
Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has admitted that Jose Mourinho is no longer 'The Happy One'
Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has admitted that Jose Mourinho is no longer 'The Happy One'

Former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is leaving joint Premier League leaders Chelsea to join bottom club Leicester City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

Schwarzer, 42, played 12 times for Chelsea last season as backup to Petr Cech, but has only been an unused substitute four times this season.

"I want to publicly thank Mark Schwarzer because he's leaving us and he was a fantastic guy for us," said Mourinho.

"As a goalkeeper, when we needed him he was there for us, and as a person and a professional he was an amazing guy in our group.

"On behalf of myself, my staff and my players I want to say we are going to miss the big guy and we wish him all the best in his new life at Leicester."

Schwarzer, who had a brief spell in Germany in the mid-1990s, has been in England since 1996 and played for Bradford City, Middlesbrough and Fulham before moving to Chelsea in 2013.

He played 109 times for Australia and is likely to be involved when Leicester play Aston Villa in the Premier League next Saturday while first choice Kasper Schmeichel is injured.

Schmeichel's deputy Ben Hamer has been in Leicester's last six matches including their 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Newcastle United on Saturday.


Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in