Schwarzer: “Impressed by Courtois”

Schwarzer: “Impressed by Courtois”

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Chelsea have found the perfect replacement for Petr Cech in Thibaut Courtois, believes former Blues goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Belgian has been in excellent form at Stamford Bridge, following three loan spells at Atletico Madrid. Despite the challenge of regular first team football, in a different country, the quality of the player has gradually grown.

Schwarzer, who had an 18-month stay at Stamford Bridge, has paid tribute to the 23-year-old, admitting he’s been impressed with how quickly he’s adapted to English football.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT: “Thibaut Courtois started off in Belgium and then went to Spain, which is a very different type of football, and settled in very quickly. There are very few people who are able to change to different leagues as easily he has.

“Look at David De Gea. Over the last 12 months he’s been outstanding but prior to that he’s really had to find his feet and it’s been really tough for him.”

What impressed the 42-year old the most was that Courtois has displaced Chelsea veteran Cech, who is currently seeking a move away from the club to find more regular first team football.

“Thibaut Courtois has come over and he’s hit his stride from day one and he’s actually had to because he’s had Petr Cech behind him and he’s replacing a legend of the club, and someone who has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Schwarzer is yet to retire from football, and is currently at fellow Premier League side Leicester, whom he moved to from Chelsea in January. He has also played at Middlesbrough, Bradford and FC Kaiserslautern in Germany. He moved from Fulham on a free transfer in 2013, and made 12 appearances for the Blues.