Chelsea have completed the signing of former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Cabellero on a free transfer, reports Skysports.
The goalkeeper ran down his contract with Manchester City and was not offered the opportunity to extend. He became a free agent at the end of June.
Chelsea interest in the goalie stemmed from the departure of second choice Asmir Begovic, who joined Bournemouth earlier in the transfer window. Cabellero, 35, is now expected to play backup to Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
Cabellero joined Manchester City in the summer of 2014 from Malaga but he has struggled to cement a place as a regular starter even under the reigns of Pep Guardiola. He starred 26-times for the Citizens in all competitions last season.
The Argentine told his new club’s official website: “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England.
“I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.”
Cabellero has no chance of usurping Courtois to a place in the first team of Chelsea but his experience and heroic in-between the sticks is expected to come to fruition in the FA Cup and the lesser competitions.
Even at 35, Cabellero can pull off so many stunning stops, blocks and finger-tip acrobatics for Chelsea and we hope he comes good in the end.
Meanwhile, he is the first player confirmed this summer as Chelsea’s player, Bakayoko is expected to follow suit.