Chelsea to bring in coach Cudicini in ‘bid to appease Courtois’

Date published: Friday 17th June 2016 11:26 - James Marshment

Carlo Cudicini: Linked with Chelsea coaching role

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is set to make shock return to his old club with a role in Antonio Conte’s backroom staff, according to reports in Italy.

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio claims Conte has told Roman Abramovich to hire the former Blues goalkeeper as part of his backroom team and as coach for their three goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic and Jamaal Blackman. Part of his remit would be to also coach the Blues’ academy goalkeepers.

Cudicini, 42, spent 10 seasons at the Stamford Bridge during his playing career registering 87 clean sheets in 191 games in all competitions. The former Lazio and AC Milan goalkeeper also played for Tottenham.

Cudicini’s arrival in south west London might push current Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon away from the club as his relationship with Courtois reportedly deteriorating at the end of last season.

The club will hope Lollichon’s exit and Cudicini’s arrival will persuade Courtois to stay at the club, amid claims he was being tracked by Real Madrid.

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