On the back of accepting the prestigious honour of the Alex Tobin medal, former Socceroo goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, has found himself on the list of released players from Premier League clubs. This after he told the media that he’d like to play on at Chelsea for one more season.
“I would like to yeah,” he told reporters when asked about whether he’d like to play on at the west London club.
“We’ve had positive discussions and I think it’s just a matter of time now before something is concluded one way or the other.”
However, it appears that the unfortunate side of the two possibilities has played out for a man who has been a mainstay in the Premier League for almost two decades. This setback could spell the end of a long and illustrious career for the Sydney-native with 109 caps for his country and over 550 appearances in the England alone, mostly in the top flight.
He served ably as second choice keeper behind Petr Čech with nine appearances in all competitions this season. A long-held ambition for Schwarzer was also achieved when he started in the UEFA Champions League. Now there’s only a faint hope of the veteran custodian prolonging his career at Stamford Bridge and it remains to be seen whether another move materialises.
It’s been reported that Jose Mourinho is keen to promote returning loanee Thibault Courtois to number one which could see Čech, if he stays, become the number two. Portuguese keeper Hilario was also released.