New Chelsea signing Robert Green admits it is an “honour” to join the club, particularly as he approaches the latter stages of his playing career.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper was without a club after leaving Huddersfield at the end of last season, but he has put pen to paper on a one-year contract at Stamford Bridge where he is expected provide cover for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero.
Green brings with him a wealth of experience after featuring over 600 times during a near 20-year club career, while he has also represented England on 12 occasions.
The former Norwich and West Ham star admits he did not know where his next career move would take him, but he was delighted when he got the call from Chelsea.
“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours,” Green told the club website.
“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.”
It remains to be seen how much game-time Green will get during his time in west London, but with speculation continuing to mount regarding the future of first-choice stopper Courtois, he could be thrust into the spotlight more often than expected.
Chelsea finished fifth in the Premier League last season, although they have won the title in two of the last four years and they are priced at 13.00 to finish top of the pile once again this term.