It’s taken a bit longer than anticipated, but finally Chelsea is signing former AC Milan keeper Marco Amelia as their new backup goalkeeper to help cover for the next couple of months while no. 1 shot stopper Thibaut Courtois recovers from knee surgery.
Marco Amelia, who had been out of contract since the end of last season, was spotted sitting behind the Chelsea bench during last weekend’s home loss to Southampton. Manager Jose Mourinho had also confirmed that the 33-year-old Italian was on trial with the club and training with the rest of the goalkeepers and coaches the week prior.
In a post on Instagram Amelia’s agent Federico Pastorello said, “Diner with #marcoamelia to celebrate the contract with Chelsea FC!!! Good Luck!!”
But who is this Chelsea’s emergency signing? Marco Amelia came through the ranks at Roma before leaving in 2001 to join Livorno as part of a deal for defender Giorgio Chiellini.
He spent two spells away from his new club on loan at Lecce and Parma before returning to the side and forcing his way into the team, even getting on the score sheet in a UEFA Cup tie with Partizan Belgrade.
Following Livorno’s relegation to Serie B, Amelia signed for Palermo but spent just one year there before heading to Genoa and then to Milan as backup to Christian Abbiati.
He still managed to make 31 appearances for the Italian giants before leaving last year, dropping down to amateur side Rocca Priora and in Serie B with Perugia before being released in the summer.
Having been part of Italy’s World Cup winning squad in 2006, Amelia has seen close up just what is needed on the biggest of stages.
However, the 33-year-old only has nine caps to his name and the last of those game six years ago.
Amelia also boasts a bronze medal from the 2004 Olympics and triumphed with Italy’s U21s at the European Championships in the same year.