Blues cast eye over Porato
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ex-Marseille goalkeeper Stephane Porato is reportedly on trial at Chelsea.
Former Marseille goalkeeper Stephane Porato is on trial at Chelsea, according to reports emanating out of France.
The former France international, 33, has been out of contract since leaving Ligue 2 side AC Ajaccio at the end of last season and has been touted as a name to come in as cover at Stamford Bridge.
Head injuries to The Blues' first two shot-stoppers Carlo Cudicini and Petr Cech ruled them out of the team's last two wins against Barcelona and Portsmouth.
Blues chief Joe Mourinho claimed he was happy with his options at Stamford Bridge, but he seems set to cast his eye over Porato.
A number of top keepers have been linked to West London since the controversial game against Reading, but Livorno keeper Marco Amelia (pictured) has dismissed suggestions he could join Mourinho's side.
The 24-year-old Italy international was tracked by a number of Europe's top clubs this summer, including Milan, Barcelona and Roma.
He has conceded just four goals in the opening seven Serie A games so far, taking Livorno up to sixth, and Amelia has therefore rejected talk of a move in Cech's absence in particular.
"It would seem disrespectful to talk about this," Amelia explained.
"I have a colleague who is out injured and doesn't know if he will return to play again.
"My thoughts are with Cech.
"In any case, the last decision is taken by our president [Aldo] Spinelli and I believe we will reach an agreement to extend my contract. My aim is to continue to play in Italy."