Hilario signs new Chelsea contract

Veteran Portuguese goalkeeper Henrique Hilario has signed a contract extension at Chelsea. The 37-year-old stopper was initially on the list of players to be released from the club at the end of the season; however he has toured with the side to the United States and has since been offered a new deal.

The one-year contract will take the veteran’s stay at Stamford Bridge to seven years and the player has toldSky Sports that he is “very proud” to have penned the extension. “I’m really pleased to be working with Jose Mourinho again,” Hilario continued. The stopper is the latest Chelsea stalwart to have been offered a new deal at the Bridge since the return of Mourinho, with Frank Lampard penning an extension around the time of Mourinho’s return.

Hilario has made only 39 appearances for the Blues since his arrival from Porto in 2006, the majority of those games coming in cup competition, though he did get a run in the team when both Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini fell victim to injuries. Hilario joins Cech, fellow veteran Mark Schwarzer and youngster Jamal Blackman in the Chelsea squad.

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