Mourinho confirms he wants keeper as Chelsea consider Amelia

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has confirmed he wants to bring in a back-up goalkeeper and is considering signing former Italy international Marco Amelia.

Chelsea boss Mourinho would currently be left with only youngster Jamal Blackman if Asmir Begovic were to be unavailable while first-choice keeper Thibau Courtois is sidelined.

Ex-AC Milan man Amelia, 33, has been training with the Blues. He can be signed outside of the transfer window because he is without a club and Chelsea have space in their Premier League squad, which can contain a maximum of 25 players.

Mourinho said: “At this moment we have Marco Amelia with us. He is an experienced goalkeeper who knows what a big club is, knows the responsibility, has played in the Champions League and in the national team.

“In the last couple of years he hasn’t played much and hasn’t been with a team for the last few months, but what we need is some cover and some stability until Courtois is back and maybe he is the guy to give us that.

“It must be someone without a contract, so we were analysing what we had in our hands and we found that Marco could be a good possibility for us, so let’s see in the next couple of days what we can do.”

Amelia has played nine times for his country and was part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup squad.

He has been at Livorno, Palermo and Genoa, but has barely played since leaving Milan in 2014.

Courtois will be out until December with a knee injury.