Mark Schwarzer still wants to play for the Socceroos in Brazil and national coach Holger Osieck expects him to feature at Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho may have other ideas
Jose Mourinho says Mark Schwarzer has been signed by Chelsea as cover for Petr Cech, despite Holger Osieck backing the veteran to force his way into the first team.
Schwarzer has penned a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge after leaving Fulham, replenishing Chelsea's goalkeeping stocks following the departures of Ross Turnbull and Hilario.
The majority of observers expect the 40-year-old veteran to find himself behind Cech in the pecking order next season, with new manager Mourinho confirming Schwarzer faces a tough task to displace his established Czech Republic colleague.
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"Mark Schwarzer is what we need," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website.
"I never say this one is the first choice and this one is the second and this one is the third but, of course, as a starting point, Petr Cech is Petr Cech.
"He is the best in the world, with deference to all the others, and Mark knows that he comes to be an important member of the squad, to compete with Petr and to give us in that position what we have in any other position[s], where we have competition and options, giving protection to each other.
"With Mark we have a goalkeeper who has played an incredible number of matches in the last 10 years in the Premier League and he is more than ready for this."Schwarzer's shock move to Chelsea, and the likelihood he will spend much of next season on the bench, has sparked a debate over his preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
While welcoming the high-profile transfer, Socceroos coach Osieck has said the former Middlesbrough man 'needs to play in order to stay fit', questioning why he agreed to join Chelsea if he does not expect to feature with some regularity.
"I think it's a very good move for him," Osieck told The Daily Telegraph.
"It's a great club and I wish him all the best of course because he needs to play in order to stay fit for our team and I'm pretty sure with his professional attitude he can manage it.
"I'm pretty sure he will (play). Knowing him and his ambitions he definitely will, because otherwise why did he sign in the first place?"
With Schwarzer likely to be restricted to appearances in cup competitions, Osieck's comments could be construed as an indication some of Australia's fringe goalkeepers have a chance of playing their way into consideration for the FIFA showcase in Brazil next year.
Adelaide United's Eugene Galekovic has impressed the national team's coach in recent years, while Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan and Adam Federici have all been nominated as potential successors to Schwarzer.
Counting in Schwarzer's favour is the fact that, Galekovic aside, none of the other candidates are assured of first-team football next term either.
Federici has found himself squeezed out by impressive youngster Alex McCarthy at Reading, Ryan must establish himself at Club Brugge after leaving Central Coast Mariners in the off-season and Langerak is a second choice behind Roman Weidenfeller at Borussia Dortmund.