Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has stated that pre-season discussions with Antonio Conte led to the star staying at Stamford Bridge and fighting for his place in the first team.

The Bosnian stopper moved to Stamford Bridge from Stoke City last year but has largely played second fiddle to Thibualt Courtois during his time in West London.

Begovic has been given the chance to play when the Belgian has been injured or unavailable, but the former Atletico Madrid loanee has been first-choice under Conte this term.

Talk in the press stipulated that the former Potters goalkeeper could look to find regular football elsewhere over the summer, but the 29-year-old has stated that talks with Chelsea’s new head coach were motivational.

“It was a clear situation – he made it clear, his philosophy; I never talked about leaving,” Begovic told The London Evening Standard.

“Of course I want to play but at a big club you also have to accept you are part of a squad going for several trophies, different cups and be part of a big group.

“It’s nice that the manager wants you to be part of that. We have three top keepers. We train hard, we need to stay at the top of our games.”

Courtois’ own future has been a point of contention also, with the giant Belgian openly talking about his admiration for Real Madrid in the past.

Begovic is a high-quality number two at Stamford Bridge but with no European football this term the Bosnian may well be limited to cup appearances.

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