Petr Cech
Goalkeeper Petr Cech has made just eight starts in all competitions this season Getty Images

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech will remain at the club beyond the January transfer window after confirming Mark Schwarzer will join Leicester City.

Cech has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since Thibaut Courtois was installed as number one in the Blues goal after returning from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

But Mourinho, who has insisted throughout the season that the Czech Republic international's future remains at Chelsea, says the veteran goalkeeper will stay at the club while confirming 'keeper Jamal Blackman will return from a loan spell at Middlesbrough to offset the sale of Schwarzer.

When asked about the possibility of the 32 year old leaving in this month, Mourinho responded: "No chance."

He added: "I want to publicly thank Mark Schwarzer because he's leaving us and he was a fantastic guy for us.

"As a goalkeeper, when we needed him he was there for us, and as a person and a professional he was an amazing guy in our group. On behalf of myself, my staff and my players I want to say we are going to miss the big guy and we wish him all the best in his new life at Leicester.

"We'll bring Jamal Blackman back from Middlesbrough, he was on loan there but he wasn't playing so for them it's not a problem.

"For us, he's a young, English goalkeeper and he can go to the Champions League squad list as an Under-21. He can work with Courtois and Cech so for him it's a good experience."

Schwarzer has not made a single appearance for Chelsea this season, being named as an unnamed substitute on three occasions during the campaign – leading to his departure to Premier League strugglers Leicester.

Blackman, meanwhile, has made just one appearance for Middlesbrough, against Liverpool in the League Cup, while being named as an unnamed substitute on seven occasions. However, his exposure to first-team football is expected to improve upon his return to Stamford Bridge.