ROB GREEN EXPLAINS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THIRD-CHOICE GOALKEEPER AT CHELSEA

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Former England goalkeeper Rob Green joined Chelsea during the summer as a third-choice goalkeeper, with the club looking for a back-up for Willy Caballero and first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Green joined Chelsea in July 2018 at the age of 38 on a one-year contract after leaving Huddersfield – where he was also third choice – at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Green has admitted that it has been difficult for him not to feature in games, as the veteran goalkeeper is yet to keep for a minute in any competitive game for Chelsea.

“It is not something I ever envisaged doing when I set out – thinking ‘oh yeah I’d love to be a third-choice keeper’ – but your situation changes as your career goes on,” Green says.

“My involvement hasn’t been as much as I would have liked but it was made clear from the start; if everyone remains fit that is the role I have got,” says Green.

“I can’t really complain when that is exactly how it has panned out.”

The 39-year-old has revealed that he didn’t join Chelsea for the money but to rather experience football at the top having previously featured in the top flight for Norwich, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

“Someone contacted me at the start of the season and said do you want to sign for Chelsea?” Green says. “Not at one point did I say ‘how much?’

“You want to be paid. It is your job. It is like anyone else turning up at an office. It helps feed your family but not at one point was it a motivating factor.

“You look at it and think ‘what excites you’,” he says. “I have learnt a lot this season.

“It is the first time in my career I have not looked at 40 points and thought ‘thankfully we have made that’. To see how the players operate has been a real insight.”

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