Chelsea have confirmed the signing of former West Ham and Leeds United goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year deal.
The 38-year-old has become the second signing of the Maurizio Sarri era at Stamford Bridge, while the club have made it abundantly clear that Green has been signed as backup for Thibaut Courtois (or whoever comes in should the Belgian depart) and Willy Caballero.
Chelsea FC has today completed the signing of Rob Green, who joins to provide backup for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero… https://t.co/EzkhZxBHu6
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 26, 2018
Signing a third-choice goalkeeper seemed to become a necessity for Chelsea once they allowed Eduardo to depart for feeder club Vitesse, despite giving the former Portuguese international a new one-year deal before sending him on his way.
It’s been a crazy few days but I am incredibly excited to have joined one of the biggest clubs in world football in @ChelseaFC . To have this opportunity at this stage of my career is something truly special, and I can’t wait to get started now. Thanks to everyone for the support
— Robert Green (@Robert1Green) July 26, 2018
Although it is a surprise move (in a similar vein to Lee Grant joining Man United this summer, or when Richard Wright filled a similar role at Man City), Green does come to the club with a wealth of experience. He has featured in over 650 matches throughout his career, and earned 12 caps for the England national side.
Most recently, he was signed on a one-year deal at Huddersfield Town last season to provide backup for Jonas Lossl, but didn’t make a single appearance for the Terriers.