CHELSEA are expected to step up their search for a new backup goalkeeper after releasing Hilario and Ross Turnbull today.

The duo are two of eight players leaving Stamford Bridge following the publication of the Premier League’s retained list.

Turnbull and Hilario are joined by Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Aziz Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Florent Malouda and Archange Nkumu in heading out the door.

That leaves returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with Petr Cech as his only senior goalkeeper ahead of the start of the new season, with Thibuat Courtois expected to remain at Atletico Madrid.

Young Blues shot-stopper Jamal Blackman is an option for Mourinho, however it is unlikely Chelsea will go into the new campaign with the teenager as the only alternative to Cech.

An experienced second-choice keeper on a short-term contract is thought to be on Mourinho’s shopping list as the club gives the promising Courtois more experience in Spain.
 
Courtois is seen by the Blues as their future number one custodian.

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