• Premier League

Schwarzer aims for Chelsea top spot

ESPN staff
July 21, 2013
Mark Schwarzer made the short move to Chelsea from Fulham © Getty Images

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has revealed he is aiming to become Chelsea's No. 1 goalkeeper after making the short move from Fulham earlier in the summer.

The 40-year-old signed for the Blues after being released by Fulham, and the Australian is intent on displacing current 'keeper Petr Cech as the top shot stopper at the club.

"When I signed for Chelsea, I knew they had top quality goalkeepers, and the competition for a starting place would be tough," the Australian told reporters at Kuala Lumpur.

"But with hard work and good performances, I can show that I am good enough to play in the first 11.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said last week that Schwarzer would provide valuable competition and motivation for Cech.

The manager made clear that he regarded Cech as the world's best goalkeeper, but he said Schwarzer gave Chelsea "security" as a vastly experienced and highly rated back-up.

Schwarzer, who has played in the Premier League for 15 years, is one of the few to have amassed over 500 appearances in the league's history.

And he still has a burning desire to perform at the highest level.

"If you asked me five years ago if I would see myself here today, I would've said no. But what I have learned from that is you never say never, anything is possible," he said.

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