Last Updated: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:51
Fulham old boy Mark Schwarzer claims he has joined 'one of the biggest and best clubs in the world' after penning a deal at Chelsea.
The 40-year-old Australian, who left the Cottagers at the end of last season after five years at Craven Cottage, has signed a one-year contract at their west London rivals.
He told chelseafc.com: "It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here."
Cottagers boss Martin Jol had hoped to keep Schwarzer at Craven Cottage but failed to persuade him to sign a new contract at the back end of last season.
The Dutch tactician opted to draft in Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg as his replacement and Schwarzer officially departed when his contract expired on Sunday.
During his time at Fulham, Schwarzer became the first overseas player to make over 500 Premier League appearances and reached the Europa League cup final as the Cottagers lost out to Atletico Madrid in 2010.
Schwarzer's contract with Jose Mourinho's Blues runs until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the veteran keeper will hope to add to his 108 caps given Australia's qualification for the tournament.
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