Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer will be joining fellow Premier League side Leicester City.
Mourinho signed the Australian shot-stopper on a free-transfer from West London rivals Fulham FC in July 2013.
The 42-year-old renewed his one-year contract last June after he was initially included on the list of players released by the ‘Blues’ at the end of last season.
Mourinho said: “I want to publicly thank Mark Schwarzer because he’s leaving us and he was a fantastic guy for us. 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 made a total of 12 appearances for Chelsea in the 2013-14 season, including his Champions League debut at the age of 41- becoming the oldest debutante in European Cup- in a 1-0 victory over Steaua București in the group stages.
Mourinho has also completely ruled out any possibility of selling Petr Cech, especially with the departure of Schwarzer, and added that 21-year-old goalkeeper Jamal Blackman will return from his loan spell with Middlesbrough.
“We’ll bring Jamal Blackman back from Middlesbrough, he was on loan there but he wasn’t playing so for them it’s not a problem,” he said. “For us, he’s a young, English goalkeeper and he can go to the Champions League squad list as an Under-21. He can work with Courtois and Cech so for him it’s a good experience.”