Marcus Bettinelli speaks out after becoming Chelsea’s first signing of the summer

Marcus Bettinelli

Marcus Bettinelli wants to help Chelsea ‘as much as possible’ after completing a ‘dream’ move to Stamford Bridge.

Bettinelli joins Chelsea on a free transfer after leaving west London rivals Fulham at the end of last campaign.

He spent almost 15 years at Craven Cottage, playing 120 matches for the club but playing back-up to France international Alphonse Areola in the Premier League last campaign.

Bettinelli will definitely improve Chelsea’s goalkeeping resources after the exit of 39-year-old Willy Caballero at the end of last season.

‘It’s always been a special club,’ he said. ‘I know the area very well so it’s been a dream of mine to come over to this side and it’s finally happened.

‘There were some talks a few years ago when I was a bit younger and for whatever reason that didn’t come about but I’m here now.

‘I’m really excited to be involved and looking forward to trying to impress and help the team as much as I possibly can.’

Bettinelli will likely provide enough support and competition for current Chelsea first choice Edouard Mendy and his back-up Kepa Arrizabalaga next campaign.

Kepa joined the Blues for a record £72m in 2018 but he has struggled at the club and was replaced by 2020 summer signing Mendy.

Chelsea, who won the UEFA Champions League last campaign and finished fourth in the Premier League, are also looking to sign a new striker, with Erling Haaland and Lewandowski emerging as targets.

Dortmund and Norway forward Haaland was asked about the speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea on Tuesday and said: ‘I haven’t spoken with my agent in a month.

‘You might have the answer. I am a normal person. That’s a lot of money for one person! I hope there is nothing in it.’


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