Geremi to succeed at Blues
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The West London side have agreed a é¼10 million fee with Real Madrid for the African ace, though he is yet to agree personal terms.
With the player's demands unlikely to hold up a deal, the 24-year-old should complete his move from El Santiago Bernabeu next week.
Geremi knows Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri from his time in La Liga and is looking forward to linking up with the coach.
"I know about Claudio Ranieri from when he was in Spain," said Geremi. "He seems like a great coach who speaks to his players a lot.
"He has put his faith in me and I won't let him down."
While the Cameroon ace is aware of Ranieri's abilities, he only knows what he has seen in the press about the club's new chairman Roman Abramovich.
"I hardly know anything about Mr Abramovich, only what I have read," continued Geremi. "But it looks as if he wants to put a great team together."
While staying at Real would have allowed the international to play alongside England captain David Beckham, he is wary of not being a first-team regular.
"Playing next to Beckham would have been a great pleasure, but there would probably be so many times when I didn't start games for Real," he added.
"I wasn't born to be a sub. I suffer when I sit on the bench, so I prefer to be at a club where I have a good chance of playing."