Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has publicly confirmed that he wants to leave Chelsea in search of regular first team football.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international made his comments after playing for Chelsea in the FA Cup over the weekend, in what could turn out to be his last match for Chelsea.
? Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) 28 January 2017
AFC Bournemouth are reportedly interested in re-signing goalkeeper Begovic from Chelsea, the Daily Telegraph have previously reported that the Cherries have made an offer to sign Begovic on a permanent deal during this transfer window and Chelsea are currently evaluating that offer.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that to be the case and he would allow Begovic to leave the club, if Chelsea could sign a replacement.
Conte told the Guardian last week…
‘Yes, there is this offer and we are evaluating this offer. But it`s important to find the right solution for Asmir, for the club, for me, because I repeat he`s a really important player for me on and off the pitch. It`s important to find the right solution before he goes away…’
The 29 year old since leaving Stoke for Chelsea in 2015 has missed out on regular first team football.
Begovic made 160 appearances in the Premier League for Stoke, before a £8million move to Chelsea where he has made just 17 Premier League appearances, with his last league appearance in May 2016.
That appears to be the main desire behind the move.
Begovic told ClubCall…
‘I have spoken with the boss – we are quite open about it, he knows I am desperate to play, and that’s all it is really. If he can make it happen for me he will.
‘That is something that is going to be sorted out in the next couple of days.
‘I’m 29, 30 in the summer, and feel fantastic and in great shape. It would be a waste not to play and show people what I can do.’
Chelsea have been strongly linked with Celtic’s Craig Gordon as a possible replacement for Begovic.
wimborne cherries wrote…
£10 million has apparently been rejected according to that Telegraph article. Briefly looked, £10 million would be the 10/11th most expensive goalkeeper of all time…! Not sure we should go much above that figure.. – Join the conversation here.
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