Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Everton on an initial 12-month contract with an option for a further year.
Begovic becomes the Blues’ second summer signing, following the arrival of winger Andros Townsend, and brings a wealth of top-level experience to Rafa Benitez’s squad.
The towering stopper is closing in on 400 senior club appearances – with 252 of those coming in the Premier League. Begovic was most recently with Bournemouth and has also played in the English top tier with Chelsea - where he won a league title in 2016/17 - Portsmouth and Stoke City.
Begovic has amassed 63 senior international caps for Bosnia & Herzegovina and was an instrumental figure in helping his country qualify for its first World Cup in 2014.
At club level, Begovic has enjoyed a loan spell with Italian giants AC Milan and he won a league winners’ medal during a temporary stint at Azerbaijani side Qarabag in 2019/20.
Begovic says he is savouring the opportunity to be part of a “humungous club” in Everton – and set out his hunger to play an important role in helping the Blues achieve success.
“When I first heard of the possibility of joining Everton, I was really excited,” he told evertontv.
“Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honoured 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.”
Begovic, who played 51 matches for Bournemouth last season, explained how his conversations with manager Benitez and Director of Football Marcel Brands were key in his decision to join Everton.
The keeper added he is looking forward to training alongside England number one Jordan Pickford and promising young stopper Joao Virginia – and is confident the Blues’ cohort of talented goalkeepers can bring the best out of each other.
“First and foremost, to work with people of [Rafa Benitez and Marcel Brands'] calibre is really pleasing for me and I'm looking forward to learning from them,” Begovic said.
“Just in my first couple of conversations with the manager, it's clear he has a massive knowledge of the game. He has an incredible track record in terms of what he's achieved and accomplished. To work for those sorts of managers, it's something that's very good for me.”
Begovic added: “Jordan [Pickford] 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.”