Chelsea signs Begovic for £8m from Stoke


Unveiled: Asmir Begovic will compete with Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea
Chelsea has completed the signing of goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic for around £8m from Stoke City on a four-year deal.
Begovic, 28, becomes the third signing of the summer for Chelsea following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco and midfielder Nathan from Atletico Paranaense.
“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,” Begovic said.
Thibaut Courtois will remain No. 13 with Begovic taking the vacant number No.1 shirt.
Begovic, who stands 6ft 6in, had spent the previous five-and-a-half years with Stoke having joined from his first professional club Portsmouth in early 2010.
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.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Begovic spent his childhood in Germany and Canada, representing the latter at the Under-20 World Cup before opting to play at senior level for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was their first-choice goalkeeper at their World Cup finals debut in Brazil last year, and has accumulated 41 caps so far. …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper