Cudicini in Blues pledge
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carlo Cudicini has confirmed he has no intention of quitting Chelsea in the summer.Carlo Cudicini has confirmed he has no intention of quitting Chelsea in the summer.
The Italian goalkeeper spent the bulk of Chelsea's championship-winning campaign operating as the back-up to the outstanding Petr Cech.
Cudicini has no real prospect of dislodging Cech next season and that has prompted speculation he could leave Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both mooted to be monitoring Cudicini's situation due to their own issues in the goalkeeping department.
But it appears Cudicini will not be solving the dilemmas of Chelsea's Premiership rivals after pledging to stay with the champions.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already revealed that he wants to reward the 31-year-old with a new contract, despite Cudicini having three years remaining on his present deal.
Cudicini, who played in the closing three games of the season, also insists he wants to stay in West London, despite the challenge of usurping Cech in the team.
"Of course I will be at the club next year," said Cudicini.
"I'm contracted until 2008 and that is a long way away and I have a fantastic relationship with the supporters.
"The last three games gave me a very good responsibility because Petr played most of the matches this season.
"He was fantastic and conceded just 13 goals."