Bournemouth complete signing of Chelsea ‘keeper Begovic

Oli Fisher

Bournemouth have officially signed goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea, it has been confirmed.

The 29-year-old has signed a “long-term deal” with the South Coast club, returning to them after playing with the Cherries 10 years ago on loan.

“I am coming into an important part of my career,” Begovic said.

“I want to show people what I am capable of. 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.”

Bournemouth are set for a third consecutive season in the Premier League after securing a ninth placed finish this campaign.

“Asmir is an outstanding goalkeeper who has proved himself capable of performing at the highest level over a number of years,” said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

“He is a leader as well and exactly the kind of character you want in the team.”