Schwarzer: Chelsea deal an easy decision

Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer insists it was an “easy decision” to re-sign with Chelsea despite falling to third choice for the 2014-15 season.

The 41-year-old shot-stopper inked a new one-year deal with the Blues earlier this month, despite dropping to third choice behind Petr Cech and Thibault Courtois, who has returned to the club after a loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

Schwarzer made 13 appearances as Cech’s deputy last term, including playing in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Atletico and appears opportunity will be further limited this campaign.

Now in his early 40s and appearing out of the first team picture at Chelsea, some Australian football fans might have hoped Schwarzer would return to the A-League for a late career cameo.

However, Schwarzer has never shown much interest in the competition and had other priorities on his mind when discussing his decision to re-sign with Chelsea.

“To have the opportunity to train with and play with some world-class players, and to work with the manager who has been brilliant: it was an easy decision to re-sign here,” Schwarzer told the Chelsea website.

He added: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract.

“I obviously wanted to stay at Chelsea. I really enjoyed my time here last season and it ticked a lot of boxes with some personal achievements along the way.

“All that was missing was winning a major trophy.

“However I had some fantastic experiences – new experiences – and to be able to say that at 41 is pretty nice.”

Schwarzer retired from the national team last year and enjoyed a rare off-season break over the English summer.

However, he was cheering on the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup from afar and was delighted to see close friend Tim Cahill perform so well on the global stage.

“It’s great that he scored it (the goal against the Netherlands) having been such a major influence in Australian football, particularly in the last eight years,” Schwarzer said.

The former Fulham and Middlesbrough custodian hoped his off-season break would help him enjoy a big season, despite being third choice.

“It’s my first time in probably 15 years when I’ve actually had the whole summer off,” Schwarzer said.

“I’ve been able to go away and recharge the batteries, and enjoy some time off with the family.

“It’s been nice to come back after a period of time off and get back in the swing of things.

“You want to play football and as much as I understand my position at the club I very much enjoy playing football as well.

“That’s why we all train so hard and work so hard: to be ready to play a match when called upon.”