Chelsea have announced the signing of Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia on a free transfer.
The former Italy and Milan striker joined Chelsea on a deal until the end of the season. The 33-year-old was signed by the Premier League champions as a result of the knee injury suffered by the club’s number 1 goalie Thibaut Courtois who has been sidelined until December leaving the club with only one experienced goalkeeper in Asmir Begovic.
A statement on the club’s official website reads:
“Chelsea football club is delighted to announce the signing of Marco Amelia,”
“The goalkeeper arrives on a free transfer to provide highly-experienced cover following the injury to Thibaut Courtois last month, and has signed a contract until the end of the season.”
The Italian goalkeeper has nine international caps for his country and was part of the squad that won the 2006 World Cup, and was the number 1 goalie of the Italian under21 squad that won the 2004 European U-21 championship.
The Italian was voted the second best goal keeper in the Serie A in 2006 after a wonderful season with Livorno.
Amelia has spent his career in the Serie A and has played for Livorno, Perugia, Genoa, Palermo and AC Milan winning two Serie A titles and a Supper Coppa Italiana title.
Amelia will be eligible to play in the Blues next game against Aston Villa and is most likely to deputize for Asmir Begovic.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.