AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.
The fee is officially undisclosed but is reported to be in the region of £8-10million.
Begovic to #afcb moving quite quickly. Been lined up by Cherries for a long time. Fee could be as little as £8m. Decent piece of business.
? Chris Wise (@chriswisey) 30 May 2017
? Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 30, 2017
He has signed a long-term contract, with the length of the personal terms not made public.
? Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) May 30, 2017
Now 29 and an international for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Begovic is returning to Dean Court where he previously played in 2007 on loan from Portsmouth.
Under former manager Kevin Bond, Begovic made 9 appearances during his loan spell which ended following two costly errors away to Swindon Town and at home to Carlisle United.
He ended the season on loan with Yeovil, before another loan move with Ipswich.
Begovic was sold by Portsmouth to Stoke in 2010 for £3.25million, Begovic went on to make 160 appearances in the Premier League before a £8million move to Chelsea in 2015.
Begovic has found himself as a back-up ‘keeper for Chelsea and has made just 19 Premier League appearances for the Premier League leaders, with zero league appearances between May 2016 and April 2017.
Following his move to the south coast Begovic told afcb.co.uk…
“AFC Bournemouth is an exciting, ambitious club which has everything in place for a very bright future, Being part of a title-winning team at Chelsea was amazing but I felt now was the right time to move on because I want to be playing regular football.
“I am coming into an important part of my career and I want to show people what I am capable of.
“When I spoke to Eddie Howe I knew AFC Bournemouth was the right club for me and I want to bring my experience to the squad, both on and off the pitch.
“I`m really excited to be part of the journey here and hope I can help take the club to another level.”
? AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) May 30, 2017
All being well, he’ll be our keeper for the next 5 years.
More than enough time to make up for Swindon away as a teenager 😉 – Join the conversation here.
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