Chelsea have announced their second major signing of the season in form of Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 13, 2015
Goalkeeper Begovic, 28, has signed a four-year contract, and becomes the second signing of the summer following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.
The fee is believed to be £8million and Chelsea’s 22 year old Dutch midfielder has moved to Stoke City on a season long loan as a part of the deal.
Begovic said: ‘I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC. After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.’
Thibaut Courtois will remain No. 13 with Begovic taking the vacant number No.1 shirt.
The number 1 shirt was previously occupied by Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech who left Chelsea to join Arsenal this summer.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper leaves Stoke after five-and-a-half years and will challenge Thibaut Courtois for the keeper’s role at Stamford Bridge.
At the Britannia Stadium he made 172 appearances, quickly establishing himself as first choice, and scored the Premier League’s longest-ever goal when he netted a clearance from inside his own penalty area against Southampton in November 2013.
Here is a video of that amazing goal:
His departure leaves England international Jack Butland and recent signing former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given as the senior keepers at the Britannia Stadium.
In a statement released on his twitter page Begovic said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone at Stoke Football club, the chairman and Coates family, Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis, goalkeeper coach Andy Quy, all my team mates and especially the fans who have made me and my family so welcome.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 13, 2015
“I have loved my time at Stoke, but feel I had the opportunity for me to continue to develop and challenge myself as a player.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved during my time at Stoke, and it has been a great team of players to work with. I wish you all the best for the season ahead.”