Chelsea have announced the surprise signing of former England goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year contract
The 38-year-old had been considering whether it was time to end his playing career after his contract with fellow Premier League side Huddersfield Town expired at the end of last season.
But, amid uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois’ future, Green has now been announced as a Chelsea player for the upcoming season and he will provide cover for the Belgian and fellow shot-stopper Willy Caballero.
Green told the club website: “It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation.
“It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am absolutely delighted and it is a thrill and an honour to be here.”
Green brings with him a wealth of experience at the top level having played for the likes of Norwich, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League before he joined Huddersfield.
The goalkeeper represented England at international and made a total of 12 appearances.
Although it is unlikely that Green will feature regularly for Chelsea, his arrival will probably be a welcome boost for new manager Maurizio Sarri with Courtois seemingly on the verge of completing a move to Real Madrid this summer after reports had emerged yesterday claiming that he has agreed on personal terms with Spanish giants.
Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Alisson had been linked with Chelsea, along with Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and Blues legend Petr Cech.