Chelsea have completed the signing of Eduardo Carvalho (known simply as Eduardo) from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.
The Portuguese shot stopper, who played a part as his country won Euro 2016, has signed a one-year deal with the Londoners to “provide experienced cover and competition for Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic”.Eduardo has played 35 times for his country and 98 times for Dinamo.A few days before Chelsea announced the deal, the 33-year-old penned an emotional goodbye message to Dinamo fans.
“At the same time I am happy and sad,” Eduardo told Dinamo’s official website. “This was a beautiful story, but I got a chance to go to a big club. It is the opportunity of lifetime and I think I deserve it.I am leaving Dinamo with the club qualified for the Champions League and I am thrilled with that success. I hope people will remember me in Zagreb as a person that always gave his best for the club and the fans and that everyone will keep a nice memory of me.I sure will have great memory of Dinamo and Zagreb and all people I played and worked with here.”
During his unveiling, Eduardo could not hide his joy at having got the chance to join a ‘big club like Chelsea’.“Having the opportunity to come to the Premier League and to Chelsea, to such a big club, it is an easy decision to make,” he told the Blues’ official website.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.”
Eduardo is the third player to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer, following the acquisitions of N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi.