Everton have finalized the one-year contract signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth. Begovic joins Goodison Park and has signed a 12-month deal with the club, with the club having the option to prolong it for another year.
The 34-year-old joins Everton for an undisclosed amount from Bournemouth, becoming the club’s second summer acquisition following Andros Townsend.
Everton took their time coming into the summer transfer market but now that they have a new coach and a pair of preseason friendly under their belts, Rafa Benitez has made a couple of brisk additions.
Begovic has 252 Premier League outings among Portsmouth, Stoke, Chelsea, and Bournemouth along with 63 international games for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 34-year-old appeared 51 times for Bournemouth in all competitions last season and was chosen in the EFL Championship Team of the Year.
Begovic recorded 45 Championship outings for Bournemouth last campaign, playing 4,050 minutes and keeping 15 clean sheets after returning from a loan spell at AC Milan in August. He assisted the team into the playoffs after finishing sixth, although he allowed three goals against Brentford in the two semi-finals.
Begovic expressed his excitement after signing with Everton. The shot-stopper stated that this is a big opportunity for him and he is blessed to be a part of Everton. He also added that they have a great squad and will reach greater heights in the upcoming season.
“When I first heard of the possibility of joining Everton, I was really excited. Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honored and pleased to be here. The ambition is to get this club to where it belongs. We want to be challenging for those European spots, challenging for trophies, and being in that upper echelon of the league. With the squad we have, the fan base, and the tradition of the Club, everything is in place for us to be successful,” said Asmir Begovic.
Jordan Pickford is a world-class goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic will offer support to England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who comes into the Premier League brimming with enthusiasm after a strong showing at the Euro 2020. Begovic believes that Jordan is a great goalkeeper and also hails the goalkeeping unit of Everton. He also challenges Jordan stating that he will be fighting for the spot of shot-stopper.
“Jordan is a world-class goalkeeper. I think the goalkeeping group here is fantastic. We’re going to push each other every single day and set those standards in training. We also have a great goalkeeping coach in Alan Kelly. I’m definitely here to compete [for a place] and to try to help this team in any way I can,” added Asmir Begovic.