Chelsea have announced the signing of Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo.

The 33-year-old played in Dinamo’s extra-time Champions League play-off victory against Red Bull Salzburg last night and confirmed after the match that he was leaving the club but refused to confirm it was for Stamford Bridge.

However, the Blues have now confirmed they’ve wrapped up a deal for Eduardo and he will compete with Thibaut Courtois for the no.1 spot in west London.

“Having the opportunity to come to the Premier League and to Chelsea, to such a big club, it is an easy decision to make,” said Eduardo.

“For me this is the best and the most difficult league and it is another level from where I have been until now. So it is a new challenge, at this moment I feel very good, so I am ready for this.

“All the colleagues I have always say the dream is to come to the Premier League, where there are the best clubs and the best players, and the opportunity to come here arrived at this moment.

“I am happy to be here and I hope I meet the expectations people have for me.”

Eduardo was victorious with Portugal at Euro 2016 but was behind Rui Patricio in the pecking order.

The move raises question marks over Asmir Begovic’s future at Stamford Bridge with the Bosnian unlikely to settle for a spot behind Eduardo.

Eduardo began his career in Portugal with Braga but moved to Italian club genoa in 2010 after being first-choice for his nation at the World Cup that summer.

The shot-stopper worked with Chelsea goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli for one season at Genoa but was subsequently sent out on loan for three years before joining Dinamo Zagreb in 2014.


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