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Ex Chelsea flop finally finds a club after 4 weeks without a contract

One-time Dutch international is heading for a fresh start in Denmark.

Former Chelsea flop Khalid Boulahrouz is preparing to start a new chapter in his well-travelled footballing career, after signing with Danish giants Brondby earlier today. The 31-year-old spent a season at Stamford Bridge after signing for around £8.5m in August 2006, after impressing at previous club Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

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However, after an uncertain start to his Chelsea career, the Dutchman found himself frozen out of contention by manager Jose Mourinho, who even preferred to partner John Terry with midfielder Michael Essien in the centre of the Blues’ defence.

Boulahrouz went on to spend a season on loan at Sevilla, before a return to the Bundesliga beckoned with VfB Stuttgart.

The tough-tackling defender went on to make 64 appearances in four years, prior to a brief stint with Sporting Lisbon, though it was his 13 games for Chelsea that stick in the mind of many fans.

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After his contract with the Portuguese giants was cancelled one month ago, Boulahrouz began the search for a new employer, settling on Brondby, where the club will hope that the player can pass some of his knowledge and expertise onto their younger stars.

Speaking to the club’s official website the 31-year-old outlined the reasons behind the transfer, describing the club as 'the right move' from the very start of negotiations.

Boulahrouz was also eager to point to the 'good development' going on at the club, with a variety of new players coming through the ranks all the time.

'I know that there are many young, talented players in the squad and I see it as a natural part of my role to learn from me and use my experience to strengthen them and their development,' he said.

The defender accumulated 35 caps for the Netherlands national team and was included in the squads for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as the Euro 2008 and 2012 competitions.

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