'Too good not to play' - 30-year-old reveals reason behind Chelsea departure
By Abigail Withey
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has revealed that he felt he was “too good not to play” regular Premier League football at the club which is why he left Stamford Bridge this summer.
The 30-year-old moved to Bournemouth during the summer transfer window in a deal worth over £10 million.
The stopper featured in the Cherries’ Premier League opener against West Brom last weekend, but his efforts weren’t enough to prevent his side’s 1-0 defeat.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international revealed that he made the move to Bournemouth after he felt that he wasn’t getting enough playing time in Antonio Conte’s squad and stated that there were a number of things he missed.
He said: “I missed the buzz, I missed the competition. I missed competing and everything about it, it’s nice to be back playing.”
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“There’s nothing like playing Premier League football, week in, week out,” he told the Bournemouth Daily Echo. “That was something I missed and wanted to do again.”
Begovic added that he felt his talents were too good not to regularly feature in the Chelsea squad, which is why he made the move.
“I feel like I am in my best years,” the 30-year-old explained. “I felt too good not to play.”
The 30-year-old saw his former boss Antonio Conte favour fellow stopper Thibaut Courtois as his first choice goalkeeper and Begovic fell further in the rankings after Manchester City’s Willy Caballero joined the London side.
The keeper was one of seven players to make a departure form Stamford Bridge this summer and followed the likes of Nemanja Matic, Christian Atsu and Nathan Ake.
In other Chelsea news, the club are preparing a £120 million transfer splurge on three Premier League players.