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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 August, 2004, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Rapid seal Macho loan deal
Jurgen Macho
Rapid Vienna have signed Chelsea keeper Jurgen Macho on a year-long loan deal.

The 26-year-old Austrian will replace Rapid's regular keeper Helge Payer, who injured his back and will be sidelined for at least a month.

"Jurgen Macho arrived as a guest but now Helge Payer will be sidelined he has proved very useful for us," said general manager Peter Schottel.

Macho found himself down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge - behind Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini.

He spent time on trial with Norwich during the pre-season period but was not offered a contract by the Carrow Road club.

A Chelsea spokesperson said: "He and the club agreed to release him from the remaining year on his contract so that he can pursue his career elsewhere.

"Chelsea wish him good luck for the future."

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