Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Move Is My Chance to Win Trophies, Says Schwarzer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea Move Is My Chance to Win Trophies, Says Schwarzer

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Byline: Sam Wallace in Jakarta

WHEN Arsenal's repeated attempts to sign Mark Schwarzer were thwarted by Fulham in the summer of 2010, it looked then, at the age of 37, as if the Australian goalkeeper's chances of a move to one of the Premier League's elite were doomed.

Yet three years later, and less than three months short of his 41st birthday, the goalkeeper is on tour with Chelsea in Asia and preparing for a season thatcould yet end with trophies, nine years after the only major honour of his career, the League Cup with Middlesbrough.

He joined Chelsea on a oneyear deal as Petr Cech's No2 this month but says he did so because he believes there will be opportunities to play.

Schwarzer made his first appearance for Chelsea in the first half of the friendly against a Malaysian select XI on Sunday. He is younger than Brad Friedel, 42, who has signed a one-year extension at Tottenham, and says he has been assured by Jose Mourinho that there will be a role to play this season.

"When I moved to Fulham I thought that was it, and then the Arsenal thing popped up," he said. "So after that experience I said, 'Never say never'. It's proven to be true. It's not over until it's over. We'll see.

"I feel incredibly well. They say the older you get you are trying to hide your age. But I am not trying to hide my age. I am 40 years old but I feel well and I am holding my own, no problems whatsoever. I feel incredibly fit and I love playing football. As long as I am playing well enough at this level I will continue to play."

Schwarzer was out of contract this summer at Fulham and his decision to leave was made easier by the arrival at the club of the Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 10 years his junior, who signed from Roma. For the first time in his career, Schwarzer will not be a firstchoice at his club but it is a change for which he says he is prepared. …

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