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Asmir Begovic keen to impress after Stamford Bridge switch

Tuesday 14 Jul 2015
Asmir Begovic moves to Stamford Bridge after five years at Stoke

Premier League champions Chelsea return to training this week and have continued to strengthen their ranks as they aim to retain their title.

Having seen legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech depart for Arsenal, who they face in The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's on 2 August, Jose Mourinho has brought in Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian stopper signed from Stoke City on a four-year contract becoming the Blues' second signing of the summer, following the capture of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.

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The arrival of Begovic, who spent five years at the Britannia Stadium, will provide competition to last season's first choice, Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois.

And the 28-year-old is relishing the opportunity to impress during Chelsea's pre-season campaign that takes them to USA ahead of their Community Shield curtain-raiser at Wembley against the Gunners.

"My main aims are to get myself settled in quickly and show everybody what I can do in training and matches," said Begovic, who has 41 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Hopefully I can play as many games as possible and contribute to the success of the team, they are ultimately the goals for next season and beyond. I just want to impress as much as I can."

As Begovic reveals, the man whose No1 jersey he has taken at Chelsea was one of the main keepers he would look up to.

And they could even face each other in the Community Shield next month.

Asmir Begovic

Begovic makes a save against Chelsea for former club Stoke

"When I was coming through the ranks players such as Oliver Kahn and Francesco Toldo were at the top of their game, I loved them," said the former Portsmouth stopper.

"In more recent years you look at people like Petr Cech, who is obviously a club legend here.

"I used to look at his game because our size and physique are quite similar."

He added: "I try to pick up bits and pieces from everyone but as the years have gone on I’ve looked to develop my game and put my own stamp on things. I think that’s the way it should be."

By FA Staff