New Blues deal for Carlo
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carlo Cudicini has pledged his future to Chelsea by signing a new deal.Carlo Cudicini has pledged his future to Chelsea by signing a one-year contract extension.
The 32-year-old Italian is one of the top keepers in The Premiership, but due to the form of Blues number one Petr Cech, he hardly gets a look-in at Stamford Bridge.
Cudicini could be forgiven for growing frustrated by his situation at Stamford Bridge, and has been linked with a transfer away from West London, but he seems content at Chelsea as he has signed a new deal.
Cudicini joined Chelsea from Castel Di Sangro in 1999 and is now committed to The Blues until the summer of 2009.
Should Cudicini see out his contract, it will see him take his tenure at Stamford Bridge to a decade.
Eidur Gudjohnsen is another of Chelsea's senior players and he has expressed delight at keeping his place following the Roman Abramovich revolution.
The Russian billionaire has ploughed untold riches into Stamford Bridge, with manager Jose Mourinho allowed free rein to bring in new talent.
Despite having the pick of the crop, Mourinho has kept faith with Icelandic striker Gudjohnsen, who recently racked up his 250th game for The Blues.
"It's a fantastic record for me and I'd like to think the club and I have grown in stature together," he said.
"I've been through a lot of changes, but my qualities have come through every year, no matter who has arrived. That's down to hard work.
"I never felt I wanted to leave, even though at times, I've been disappointed at not playing more games."