Chelsea have rejected Fulham’s bid to bring Mark Schwarzer back on loan. Fulham made an emergency loan bid in an attempt to bring former keeper Schwarzer back to Craven Cottage.

Chelsea signed Mark Schwarzer from Fulham in January 2013 to act as a back-up for Petr Cech. But now with the return of Courtois from his loan-spell at Atletico in summer, the former Fulham keeper has fallen further down the pecking order as the Australian is now the third choice keeper at the Stamford Bridge.

Since his arrival to the club, Schwarzer has made only 4 appearances for the Blues. In an attempt to bring back the keeper to play for his former team, Fulham made an emergency loan bid. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has rejected the bid in order as he intends to hold on to the keeper.

The rejection of Fulham’s approach indicates that Mourinho is concerned about the departure of Petr Cech which looks bound to happen in January. The Czech Republic International has fallen down the pecking order as 22-year old Thibaut Courtois has replaced him as the first choice goalkeeper for Chelsea.

Petr Cech’s illustrious career at Chelsea seems to be nearing its climax as the keeper recently hinted at leaving the club if the situation does not change for him.

“I have not spoken to anyone, but I think they know me well enough at the club to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” the goalkeeper told Czech radio while on international duty.

“With the Euros (in 2016) and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play. If the situation will not start to improve for me, then I will want to solve it.”

Cech has made only one league appearance for Chelsea this season against Arsenal. The 32-year old came on as a substitute for Courtois against Arsenal as the Belgium required medical attention after colliding with Alexis Sanchez.

Reports suggest that Cech will leave in January to join former teammate Ashley Cole in Italy as AS Roma are reportedly interested in the stopper. Cech is also believed to have garnered some interest from French clubs PSG and Monaco.

Cech signed for Chelsea in 2004 and since then has been a key figure in the London club’s success. The Czech player has won the Premier League thrice and the Champions League once for Chelsea in a decade-long journey with the club.