Thomas Strakosha has admitted that a move to Chelsea is not certain, with interest from Fulham making his transfer decision “harder”.
The Lazio goalkeeper is on the way out of Rome this summer following the expiry of his contract. He is subsequently looking for a new adventure and is not short of Premier League interest.
Indeed, Fulham emerged as the first contender to sign Strakosha from the English top flight.
But Chelsea are also in the race as they look for a new back-up goalkeeper. Strakosha has now admitted that he feels “completely honoured” to have interest from the Blues, but insisted that any Premier League interest is welcome.
“I’m completely honoured to be linked with a club like Chelsea,” Strakosha told Fabrizio Romano‘s podcast.
“I think all the clubs in the Premier League, to be linked, it’s really important because, for me, it’s the best league in the world. It’s an honour. I’m really happy.
“I started from the bottom dreaming of this moment, so to be linked with them, it’s a big honour and a big pleasure for my family and me.
“Whatever Premier League club is interested, it’s an honour because I respect every club.”
However, Strakosha added that he could yet decide to move elsewhere, with Chelsea’s London rivals Fulham also keen. Fulham are also considering a move for Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale deputy.
Still, he concluded that the chance to win trophies is his biggest ambition.
Strakosha eyeing trophies amid Chelsea, Fulham battle
“I will still take my time to decide. I’m happy to have many things to decide, even if it makes my decision a lot harder. I’m really happy about that,” he said.
“My dream is to win more titles. I want to end my career with many trophies, playing in the Champions League and, one day, winning the Champions League.
“It’s been two years since my last title, so I’m a little hungry.”
Strakosha, who has 19 caps for Albania, has won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana at Lazio.
Chelsea would be good option
Strakosha would not overtake Edouard Mendy as Chelsea‘s first-choice goalkeeper if he signed.
Nevertheless, Blues back-ups have been front and centre of the team in some of the cup competitions in recent seasons.
Indeed, Kepa Arrizabalaga played all of Chelsea’s matches in their run to the Carabao Cup final. Although, his penalty cost Thomas Tuchel’s side victory.
Kepa also played twice in the FA Cup last term, a competition in which Chelsea have lost three finals in a row.
In the 2020/21 season, Kepa played all six matches to help the Blues reach the final.
As such, if the Spaniard moved on as Chelsea’s back-up goalkeeper and Strakosha replaced him, the Albanian could get decent game time under Tuchel.