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Veteran Chelsea goalkeeper offered contract to stay at club — reports

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The new Hilario?

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Since arriving at Chelsea in the summer of 2016 as a European Champion with Portugal, 35-year-old goalkeeper Eduardo has yet to play an official match for the club. (He’s been named to the bench a few times.) Not that this is necessarily a bad thing since getting into a situation where the third-choice goalkeeper would be pressed into first-choice duties would likely mean plenty of trouble for us.

That said, by all accounts Eduardo is an excellent teammate on the training ground and has formed a good group with Courtois and Caballero (and Begovic last year) and whatever youngster is called up as the fourth (Marcin Bulka mostly this season), not to mention the coaching staff including Gianluca Spinelli and the one and only Henrique Hilario.

As reward for this behind-the-scenes excellence, according to reports from Tuttomercattoweb (not that reliable) and Portuguese newspaper O Jogo (a bit more reliable, but not by much), the veteran goalkeeper has been offered another one-year extension, like last year, to extend his time at Cobham for another year.

However, Eduardo apparently has offers to return to his home country and possibly even play once again. With his career reaching its last stages, there won’t be too many of these offers left, so he might yet decide to step back into actual playing rather than the pseudo-playing/coaching role he fulfills at Chelsea.