Chelsea have confirmed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Rob Green on a one-year deal.
The shock signing of the stopper comes as the Blues get ready to deal with the impending departure of Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and while the search remains on for a high-calibre replacement, Green has been drafted in to give experience and options in the goalkeeping area.
The 38-year-old will arrive Stamford Bridge on a free transfer, having been released by Huddersfield Town over the summer, and has prior top-flight experience with West Ham United, Norwich City as well as Queens Park Rangers.
“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 told the Chelsea website.
Courtois, in the interim, is said to have agreed personal terms with Madrid in the last 48 hours, leaving the two clubs still bargaining over the transfer fee.