Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo has revealed that his side's Champions League play-off clash against Red Bull Salzburg was his last match for the Croatian club. He has been a summer target for Chelsea and is edging closer towards completing a switch to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window.
The 33-year-old saw Dinamo score a winner in extra-time in the play-off clash against Salzburg, which helped his side seal a berth in the Champions League group stage. Following the match, he admitted that he played his last game for Dinamo as he set to join Antonio Conte at the west London club.
"This was a beautiful story, but I got a chance to go to a big club. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and I think I deserve it. At the same time I am happy and sad," Eduardo told Dinamo's official website.
"I am leaving Dinamo with the club qualified for the Champions League and I am thrilled with that success. I hope people will remember me in Zagreb as a person that always gave his best for the club and the fans and that everyone will keep a nice memory of me," he said.
Eduardo was part of the Portugal squad that won Euro 2016 after defeating host nation France in the final. Dinamo manager Zlatko Kranjcar had earlier confirmed that his goalkeeper would join Chelsea after revealing the Champions League second leg play-off clash will be his last match for the Croatian outfit.
"Eduardo has been offered a great honour to go to a big club like Chelsea. We have to get the security of his presence in the team, since I'm in the club he defends very well. Even impressive. But the situation is such that he goes, so let him all the luck in the big club," Sky Sports quoted Kranjcar as saying.
Chelsea have the services of Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic as the two goalkeepers in the squad. Eduardo is likely to take the place of the former Stoke City keeper at the club. According to the Daily Mail, Begovic is attracting interest from Everton as Ronaldo Koeman continues his search for Tim Howard's replacement at Goodison Park.
The Blues have already added Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante to their squad in the current transfer window. Eduardo is set to be Conte's third acquisition of this summer as he is nearing to complete his switch to the Premier League.