Begovic moves to Azerbaijan

Asmir Begovic has moved to current Azerbaijan Premier League champions Qarabag, on a season-long loan, Bournemouth have confirmed.

The 32-year-old found himself benched for 12 of the Cherries’ final 14 Premier League matches last season and had not been a part of their matchday squad for any of Eddie Howe’s sides first four games of the new campaign. The Bournemouth manager has instead gone with 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale.

Begovic had played every minute of the 2017-18 Premier League season after moving from Chelsea that summer. The Yugoslavia-born (now Bosnia & Herzegovina) goalkeeper came through the youth ranks of Portsmouth when they were in the Premier League, making his debut during the 2008-09 season.

In total, he conceded 108 goals in 62 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth, keeping 11 clean sheets.

The goalkeeper has 61 caps for his country and was their number one for their debut FIFA World Cup campaign in 2014. Asmir Begovic spent five full seasons in the Premier League with Stoke City before he joined Chelsea in 2015. He was a Premier League winner as a backup during his final season at Stamford Bridge.

Whilst playing for Stoke he became the fifth and most recent goalkeeper to score in the Premier League when his clearance beat Southampton’s Artur Boruc in 2013.

Asmir Begovic will join up with fellow former Premier League player Magaye Gueye.