Cudicini timing it right to cash in, even if he stays a back-up

Carlo Cudicini is leaving Chelsea and it will be argued that he is finally trying to earn himself a first-team place, but it is hard not to wonder if his impending move to Tottenham is not another step in a long-lasting money chase.

The Italian used to be a great goalkeeper and he is a thoroughly nice bloke, but anyone who puts up with being second best to Petr Cech for as long as he has must prefer cash to playing.


Rare appearance: Cudicini is remarkably well paid for someone who hardly plays

And just when his Chelsea deal is coming to an end, he finds a lucrative move across London to a club where he will compete with the improving Heurelho Gomes.

It doesn't take a cynic to question whether Cudicini was told by his Stamford Bridge paymasters that he wouldn't be offered a new contract with them in the summer and might struggle to get an offer from another club on his £50,000-a-week wages at anywhere except free-spending Spurs (or Manchester City).

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