Begovic joins Cherries from Blues

Asmir Begovic has left newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea to sign for Bournemouth in the pursuit of regular first-team football.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper hardly featured in the league this past season as Antonio Conte's side reclaimed the title they lost to Leicester 12 months ago.

Thibaut Courtois kept 16 clean sheets in 36 top-flight games to win the Golden Glove, with Begovic getting just two starts although he did feature three times each in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international, who received a Premier League winners' medal, has now decided to accept Cherries boss Eddie Howe's offer to challenge Artur Boruc and Adam Federici for a place in the first team.

Begovic returns to the Vitality Stadium on a permanent "long-term" deal this time around, having previously spent a loan spell on the south coast in 2007 from local rivals Portsmouth.

"Bournemouth is an exciting, ambitious club which has everything in place for a very bright future," he told the club's official website.

"Being part of a title-winning team at Chelsea was amazing but I felt now was the right time to move on because I want to be playing regular football.

"I am coming into an important part of my career and I want to show people what I am capable of.

"When I spoke to Eddie Howe I knew Bournemouth was the right club for me and I want to bring my experience to the squad, both on and off the pitch.

"I'm really excited to be part of the journey here and hope I can help take the club to another level."

Howe added: "Asmir is an outstanding goalkeeper who has proved himself capable of performing at the highest level over a number of years.

"He is at the right age and the right fit. He is a leader as well and exactly the kind of character you want in the team.

"Asmir will provide great competition to the excellent group of goalkeepers we already have here and his experience will prove invaluable in the dressing room and on the pitch. I look forward to him being a very important player here for years to come."