Marcus Bettinelli left Fulham to join Chelsea and it is hoped that he will bolster club goalkeeping options following the departure of Willy Caballero. The Blues confirmed the football transfer of the goalkeeper from their neighbor club on a two-year contract.
“Bettinelli arrives having been out of contract at Fulham, and he will add strength to our goalkeeping resources following the departure of Willy Caballero,” Chelsea wrote in a statement on their website. The London club has completed the signing of the 29-year-old on a free transfer.
The 6ft 4in keeper spent over a decade at Craven Cottage, making 120 appearances for the Whites and previously representing England Under-21. Bettinelli has agreed on a two-year deal with the European champion and will compete with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga for a place in between the sticks.
It had earlier been reported that Arsenal and Aston Villa were interested to sign Bettinelli but the goalkeeper has chosen to move to the Blues. Now the Englishman’s new contract at the club will run until 2023.
On signing a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge, Bettinelli said: ‘It’s always been a special club. 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 can.’