Cudicini - Fans made me stay

Blues shot-stopper thankful for supporters' backing

Cudicini: Greatful

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Carlo Cudicini has revealed the main reason he is still at Stamford Bridge is due to the fantastic support he has received from the Chelsea supporters.

The Italian keeper has found himself in the shadow of current number one Petr Cech since the Czech international's arrival in London.

Cudicini admitted the arrival of both Cech and Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2004 has seen him fall down the pecking order, however he paid tribute to a man he describes as 'the best in the world' in his position.

"I didn't have a great pre-season and that was when Petr impressed the manager and he decided to give him the first game of the season against Manchester United, which for me was a great shock," Cudicini told the club's official website.

"From then Petr played well, he deserved to be in the team and he is the best goalkeeper in the world."

Frustration

Despite finding himself a regular on the substitutes' bench the 34-year-old admits his frustration has been eased by the fantastic support he receives from the Blues faithful.

"The supporters are probably one of the biggest reasons [I stayed]," said Cudicini.

"Of course it was difficult to sit on the bench every game but when I had the chance, the supporters gave me great confidence and help.

"Still now when I play I hear them behind me, chanting my name - after nine years I feel shivers and a great feeling when I play."