GOALKEEPER Asmir Begovic insisted he felt “more at ease” as he prepared for his second top-flight campaign with Cherries.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international played every minute in the Premier League last season having sealed a £10million move to the Dorset club from Chelsea in May 2017.

Despite performing a key role in helping Eddie Howe’s men to 12th in the league, the 31-year-old believes he has more to offer after adapting to life at Vitality Stadium.

He told the Daily Echo: “I feel a lot more at ease now. You have to transition first and foremost and take in a lot of information to perform.

“You also have to take in a lot with what goes on behind the scenes and how the club operates and functions. The second season round, all that will be sorted.

“Last year there was a settling in period and I was getting to know how everything worked. Everything is now going to be a lot easier in that respect.”

Begovic is part of Cherries’ squad for their Spanish training camp, in which they will play friendlies against La Liga outfits Levante and, firstly, Sevilla.

They face the three-time Europa League winners at La Manga Club on Saturday (7pm).

“Pre-season is always tough and that’s the way it should be,” added Begovic. “You have to be ready physically and mentally for the rigours of the season ahead.

“It’s important to have that base of training and fitness. We will look forward to it and it’s important to make sure we are ready.”