Former £8.5m Chelsea player makes ‘dream’ move, starts training a day later

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Former Chelsea and Sporting Lisbon defender Khalid Boulahrouz has joined Dutch giants Feyenoord on a free transfer.

He came, he saw, he failed and he went away.

Khalid Boulahrouz was on the books of Chelsea for two years, but he could not make a big impact at Stamford Bridge.

Having joined the Blues from German club Hamburg for a reported transfer fee of £8.5 million (€12m) in August 2006, the Dutchman could never really settle at the London club.

Despite making a promising start to his Premier League career and impressing in some big games, Boulahrouz suffered injuries that eventually saw him restricted to just 13 league appearances in the 2006-07 campaign.

Then at the start of the 2007-08 season, the former RKC Waalwijk star was loaned out to Sevilla, but even there he could not make his mark.

Eventually, Stuttgart signed Boulahrouz from Chelsea in 2008, but he could never really establish himself as a truly top-class defender in the subsequent years.

Following stints at Sporting Lisbon and Brondby, Boulahrouz is now at Dutch giants Feyenoord. On Monday, the Eredivisie outfit signed the 32-year-old on a one-year contract on a free transfer.

The Dutchman is delighted to have made the move back to his homeland and is quoted by his new club’s official website as saying: ‘Feyenoord is a fabulous club. I’ve been here on various occasions with the Dutch team... It’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to play here every two weeks in a Feyenoord jersey. I’m really proud.’

Boulahrouz has not wasted any time in getting to know his Feyenoord teammates and has already started training, posting the following picture on Instagram with the message:

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