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Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has reiterated his contentment at Stamford Bridge despite having to play second fiddle to Petr Cech.

The talented Italian has been usurped between the posts in West London following the arrival of the imperious Czech Republic international at the start of last season.

Cudicini, once a reported target for both Manchester United and Arsenal, has played just once this season but remains happy enough with his role at the champions.

The 32-year-old, contracted to Chelsea until 2008, admits that it can be frustrating to watch the action from the bench but whilst he continues to enjoy life in the capital, has no intention of leaving.

"First of all I have a contract here until 2008. Second of all, I think Chelsea has done a lot for me,'' said Cudicini.

"The club made it clear they didn't want to sell me and nor did I ask the club to go somewhere else, so I was always happy to stay. I am part of this club and I like that.

"I have a fantastic relationship with them, the fans, and my team-mates, so I think it was the right thing to do to stay.

"It is the aim of this club to get better and better every year, to have two top players in every position and I am part of that.

"I have been in England for quite some time so I have a nice life here. But in football it's difficult to know what will happen in the long term. I am happy to stay but from one year to another a lot of things can happen.

"Being a goalkeeper can be hard and it is very different to every other position in the team.

''I'm training hard with Lenny Pidgeley and Petr but it is not the same as playing.

"It could have been hard to keep working in training but the people at the club all said the right things to make me want to keep doing it."