Everton have signed Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth on an initial one-year contract until June 2022.
Begovic’s arrival boosts Everton’s goalkeeping selection currently containing Jordan Pickford and Joao Virginia after Robin Olsen returned to AS Roma, following the conclusion of his loan stint last month.
Begovic has signed an initial one-year contract until June 2022 with an option to extend his stay on Merseyside for a further year depending on his performances.
Speaking about feeling “excited” at his move to Goodison Park in his first interview with evertontv., Begovic said: “Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honoured and pleased to be here.”
Begovic also spoke about his desire to help Everton achieve their target of challenging for titles, commenting: “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 also pointed to Rafa Benitez’s “calibre” in football management as another reason behind his move and cannot wait to learn from the Spaniard across the season.
Explaining his initial thoughts on playing under Benitez, 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.”
On the opportunity to compete against Pickford and Virginia for a starting position, Begovic praised the former as “a world-class goalkeeper” after his strong Euros performance for England and has vowed to “push” Pickford every day alongside Virginia.
Begovic could make his competitive Everton debut at Goodison Park on Saturday 14 August 2021, as the Toffees host Southampton in their opening Premier League clash of 2021-22 season.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international also tweeted a farewell message to Bournemouth fans, having spent the last four seasons playing for the Cherries despite spending 2019-20 season on loan at Qarabag and A.C. Milan respectively.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at @afcbournemouth and the city of Bournemouth for supporting me over my 2 spells at the football club.
— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) July 20, 2021