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Bournemouth complete deal for Chelsea stopper Begovic

Asmir Begovic has joined Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Bournemouth have agreed the signing of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international will officially arrive at the Vitality Stadium on July 1.

The Cherries say Begovic, who spent two seasons with Chelsea making 33 appearances, has agreed a "long-term deal" on the south coast.


Line-ups confirmed: Leicester v Bournemouth

Arsenal star Wilshere won't return to Bournemouth

Wilshere will return to Arsenal. Credit: PA

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe accepts it will be "very difficult" for the club to bring Jack Wilshere back to the Vitality Stadium next season.

The England international has seen his season-long loan spell on the south coast cut short after suffering a fractured leg during last month's away defeat at Tottenham.

Howe does not believe Wilshere, who has faced a series of injury setbacks during his career, will be turning out in a Cherries shirt again any time soon.

"Jack did part of his rehab here, he has now gone back to Arsenal, but it was great to see him for the week he was with us," Howe said.

"It was really nice to be able to speak to him and also for him to see all the players again because after the Tottenham game he suffered the injury and the players had not seen him (since).

"It was really nice to be able to be able to spend time with him, to talk to him and wish him well for the future."

Asked if there would be any chance to bring Wilshere back at Bournemouth next season, Howe replied: "No, I think that is going to be very difficult for us.

"When we signed him on loan, and I have said this many times, the plan was for him to stay for a season and then to go back to Arsenal to evaluate his future."

Sunderland and Bournemouth charged by FA

Sunderland and Bournemouth players clashed in the 76th minute following Fabio Borini's challenge on Lewis Cook. Credit: PA

Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

The allegation surrounds an incident which happened 76 minutes into the Cherries' 1-0 win on Wearside following Fabio Borini's challenge on Lewis Cook.

Both Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged following their game on Saturday.

It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the fixture, the clubs failed to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. They have until 6pm on 5 May 2017 to respond to the charge.

– FA statement


Wilshere out for the season

Bournemouth confirmed Wilshere will miss the rest of the season Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured leg.

The midfielder, on a season-long loan from Arsenal to Bournemouth, was injured during the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday.

The Cherries have announced that Wilshere, 25, will miss the remaining five fixtures of the campaign after scans revealed a "hairline fracture of his left fibula".

Wilshere, plagued by injuries over the last two seasons, moved to Bournemouth in the summer in a bid to get more playing time and prove his fitness.

He started 22 Premier League games for the Cherries, but his spell has now been cut short after yet another injury blow.

Wilshere suffered the fracture after going into a challenge with Tottenham striker Harry Kane, and was jeered by some Spurs fans as he left the field.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the club website: "It is a big blow to lose Jack.

"We have loved working with him since he arrived at the club last August. He has made a huge contribution to our season, both on and off the pitch.

"We wish him a quick recovery and thank him for his effort and professionalism while he was with us."

With his spell on the south coast now over, it remains to be seen whether Wilshere has a future at Arsenal, where he has one more season on his current contract.

Points bigger than Tottenham performance - Pochettino

Pochettino has now led Tottenham to eight consecutive wins in all competitions. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed an important three points as his side closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Spurs eased to a comfortable 4-0 win over Bournemouth to secure their 12th successive home victory in the Premier League and cut the deficit to four points behind Chelsea, who play at Manchester United tomorrow.

It was another great performance. I am very pleased, very happy and 4-0 is a good result for us but the three points is most important to close the gap.

Four points with Chelsea is important for us but I am very happy and so happy to describe my emotions with how I am feeling right now.

I am so proud but all the credit goes to the players. The commitment, how we push them in training and make them believe. The club is so exciting, our fans are unbelievable so it is impossible to feel different.

It's all done now and we got the three points which is important for us and now we see what happens tomorrow. Of course it will be better if they [Chelsea] fade but now our job is done and now [we are] waiting. If they fail, we must be waiting there.

– Pochettino to Sky Sports
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