Eduardo joins Chelsea on a one-year deal from Dinamo Zagreb



Eduardo says he welcomes a ‘new challenge’ after joining Chelsea from Dinamo Zagreb.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will provide back-up for Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic.

He played his final match for the Croatian champions on Wednesday night as they beat Salzburg to secure their place in the Champions League group stage.
Eduardo, who was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning side, said: ‘Having the opportunity to come to the Premier League and to Chelsea, to such a big club, it is an easy decision to make.

‘For me this is the best and the most difficult league and it is another level from where I have been until now. So it is a new challenge, at this moment I feel very good, so I am ready for this.

‘All the colleagues I have always say the dream is to come to the Premier League, where there are the best clubs and the best players, and the opportunity to come here arrived at this moment.

‘I am happy to be here and I hope I meet the expectations people have for me.’

After the 3-2 aggregate win against Salzburg, Eduardo thanked the Dinamo fans for their support in the 70 appearances he made for them.

‘At the same time I am happy and sad. This was beautiful story, but I got chance in a big club. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and I think I deserved it,’ he said.

‘I am leaving Dinamo when the club qualified for Champions League, I am thrilled for that success.

‘I hope people will remember me in Zagreb as a person that always gave his best for the club and fans and that everyone will keep nice memories of me.

‘I sure will have great memory of Dinamo and Zagreb and of all the people I played and worked with here.’

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