Asmir Begovic is excited about joining Bournemouth, but admitted that it was tough to leave Chelsea.
He told Sky Sports News: “I’m really excited about the new challenge. And I’m excited about the whole project the owners and the manager have going on there. It’s not easy to leave a club like Chelsea but at this stage of my career, it’s important to get as many games as I can.”
The 29-year old joined Chelsea from Stoke after a successful spell at the Britannia Stadium. He made 173 appearances for Stoke, including all 38 matches in the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
He was also involved in Stoke’s run to the 2011 FA Cup Final, but was an unused substitute at Wembley as the Potters were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City.
First-team appearances have been limited since his arrival at Stamford Bridge. He started five matches in the Champions League and 17 in the Premier League in his first season, but the form of Thibaut Courtois meant that Begovic has not had a look in as Chelsea won the Premier League title.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international started only two league matches, but did get game-time in the cup competitions.
Begovic is joining Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee and it will be his second spell at Dean Court.
He was on loan at the club from Portsmouth in 2008 where he was unable to prevent Bournemouth slipping into the bottom tier of English football.
Begovic cited playing time and the ambition of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and chairman Jeff Mostyn as the main reasons for his decisions to join the Cherries:
“I’m looking forward to playing regularly again and being part of an ambitious and exciting project. The club want to move forward and I just felt it was the right thing to do at this stage of my career.”