Begovic: I came to Chelsea to test myself against Courtois

The former Stoke City goalkeeper believes that he can do what Petr Cech was unable to and usurp the Belgium international as Jose Mourinho’s first choice between the posts


Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes that he can challenge Thibaut Courtois to become first choice for the Premier League champions.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international joined the Blues from Stoke City in July, signing a four-year contract in the wake of Petr Cech’s departure for Arsenal.

The long-serving Cech was a clear second choice behind Courtois last season but Begovic welcomes the challenge of unseating the Belgian.

“I want to test myself against Thibaut. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can,” he told reporters.

“There have been no guarantees from the manager. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me.

“I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.”

Begovic denies joining Chelsea purely for money and believes that he will improve testing himself against the best.

“Obviously everyone has their opinion but, for me, it was more of a challenge to try something different,” he explained. “I think I was at that stage where I want to test myself against the best and that’s ultimately what I’ve come here to do.

“Even after the first week, you can see the quality here and how they can improve you with the levels and demands here.”

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