Chelsea's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer acknowledges the crowd after his team's Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Celderon Stadium in Madrid, April 22, 2014.
Chelsea's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer REUTERS/Darren Staples

Reserve Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is set to move on to a new chapter of his playing career, following Jose Mourinho's announcement that the Australian will be joining Leicester City.

The 42-year-old former Fulham no. 1 has played second fiddle to Petr Cech since moving to Stamford Bridge in July 2013. He was able to make 12 appearances in all competitions last season due to injuries suffered by Cech.

With the return and emergence of current first-choice Thibaut Courtois, however, his role has been further diminished to third-string, virtually leaving him impossible to earn game time.

"I want to publicly thank Mark Schwarzer because he's leaving us and he was a fantastic guy for us," said Mourinho.

"As a goalkeeper, when we needed him he was there for us, and as a person and a professional he was an amazing guy in our group."

"On behalf of myself, my staff and my players I want to say we are going to miss the big guy and we wish him all the best in his new life at Leicester."

Schwarzer is expected to take the place of Kasper Schmeichel, while the latter is still recovering from a fractured foot.

The Foxes are tied at second with Everton FC for most goals conceded with 33, so far, in the Premier League this term, leaving them struggling at the bottom of the table.

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