Chelsea Plan To Replace £120k-A-Week UCL Winner With £10m Rated Englishman

Marcus Bettinelli

Jose Mourinho was at the Craven Cottage a month ago to watch former Premier League side, Fulham take on formerly League One-bound Rotherham in the Championship. His visit was more of a business visit than a parental visit. Although his son, 15 year-old Jose Mario plays at the side, but the Special One came to watch goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli in action. Mourinho has an eye on the 22 year-old English as likely replacement for departing Czech international, Petr Cech.

The former England under-21 international made 35 league appearances for the middle-table placed Fulham in the just-concluded 2nd division season. Marcus, son of Fulham Academy goalkeeping coach Vic Bettinelli, who also coaches Mario has a contract with Tim club till June next year, and only made his debut for the club this season since signing in 2012. Mourinho believes he will be a great backup and understudy to same-aged Thibaut Courtois. It has been said he however believes a second-place berth at Chelsea isn’t good enough for his growing career at the moment. Fulham are said to be anticipating an offer approach for the shotstopper from Chelsea in the coming weeks.

Cech is said to be departing for French Champions, PSG by summer, as a deal is currently in the making. Though ahead of 3rd-choice goalies, Jamal Blackman and Mitchell Beeney  , the veteran isn’t satisfied being relegated to the stands, and has had limited playing time. Marcus Bettinelli has had loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Dartford, and his impressive displays earned him a recall to the Craven Cottage. Marcus has kept 8 clean sheets in 35 appearances this term, not bad for a 2nd-place Chelsea potential goalie. He will also add to the home-grown quota if he joins Chelsea, whom are notorious for flooding their side with foreign footballers.

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