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Chelsea 'face battle to land Marcus Bettinelli from Fulham'

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli will reportedly turn down the chance to join Chelsea this summer, in order to continue his development in the Championship.

Chelsea face a tough task trying to persuade Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli to join the club this summer, according to a report.

The England Under-21s international has been tipped with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks as a direct replacement for back-up stopper Petr Cech, who is expected to depart.

However, Fulham are said to have offered the youngster a new deal at the club, an option which The Telegraph understands Bettinelli will take up.

It is claimed that the former Accrington Stanley loanee is worried that by making a switch across London to Stamford Bridge, his development will be stunted as a result of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.

Rob Green and Brad Friedel have both also been linked with a move to the Premier League champions elect.

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