Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero has signed a new one-year deal with the club according to The Blues’ official website.

The 37-year-old Argentine international stopper was set to become a free agent at the end of next month but has signed the new one-year contract extension which has been offered to him.

Caballero has been largely used as a ‘cup goalkeeper’ by Chelsea this season with seven of the player’s nine appearances coming across the cup competitions. Since moving to Stamford Bridge in summer 2017, the keeper has been handed just five outings in the English Premier League as he has sat behind both Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga in the pecking order.

The veteran keeper started his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors before he moved to Spain where he spent time with Elche and then Malaga. With Caballero proving to be a trusted figure in between the sticks in both the Segunda Division and La Liga, Manchester City came calling for his services in summer 2014 and the player joined the English Premier League club in a deal reportedly worth £6 million. Caballero made 48 appearances in all competitions for City in three seasons with the club before he joined current club Chelsea as a free agent following the expiry of his contract at The Etihad Stadium.

Caballero is again likely to be a substitute when Chelsea take on London rivals Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final next week.

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