Kevin Hitchcock has opened up and told CHELSEA fans that new summer signing Djorde Petrovic is ready to make an impact at the club.
After weeks of speculation and rumours – it was announced at the weekend the club have signed Petrovic on a deal worth £14 million – on a massive seven-year contract.
Hitchcock played a key role in Petrovic moving to New England, and the goalkeeper coach has opened up and told the Blues fans that the stopper is a player that the Matthew Harding end will love.
Petrovic entered the 2023 campaign as New England’s undisputed No.1 goalkeeper. He was also selected for the MLS All-Star game, which saw our new stopper come up against Premier League opposition in Arsenal in Washington D.C.
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‘It is a challenge he will be ready for,’ says Hitchcock. ‘He will settle quickly. There may be a few nerves at the beginning and that’s to be expected. But once he gets his feet under the table, he won’t look back.
‘He will go to England ready-made. He can speak well, is good at communicating and organising players in the penalty area so they know what he wants.’
Hitchcock’s time at Chelsea lasted between 1988 and 2001. He made more than 130 appearances for the club and was part of squads that won both domestic and European honours.
‘He knows my background and knows CHELSEA is a big love of my life,’ Hitchcock says. ‘I spent 13 years at the club as a player and they are, as a player, probably the greatest 13 years of my life.
‘So for him to go to my club, it is absolutely fantastic. He has all the tools to deal with everything that will come at him. I guarantee the Matthew Harding will love him.’
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