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Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou goes to Brazil while signing for a free transfer to Botafogo

Former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou goes to Brazil signing for free transfer to Botafogo after time at Hertha Berlin came to an end after ignoring strict hygiene regulations and social distance

  • Salomon Kalou was without a club after his contract with Hertha Berlin expired
  • But Kalou has now joined Brazil’s Botafogo for free
  • The 34-year-old attacker spent six years with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin
  • Kalou also played for Chelsea in 2006-2012, with 254 appearances

Brazilian outfit Botafogo has completed the free transfer from former Chelsea attacker Salomon Kalou.

The 34-year-old winger was without a club after his contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin expired this summer.

The terms of Kalou’s deal with Botafogo remain unclear, but he has become the second high-profile signing with the club after the arrival of Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda in January.

Salomon Kalou joined Brazil's Botafogo for free after leaving Hertha Berlin

Salomon Kalou joined Brazil’s Botafogo for free after leaving Hertha Berlin

When Honda was unveiled at Botafogo, more than 13,000 fans visited their stadium to get a first glimpse of their new signing.

Ivory Coast forward Kalou left Hertha Berlin this summer after spending six years with the club, scoring 53 goals and giving 16 assists in 173 appearances.

Kalou’s time in the German capital actually came to an end after breaking the distance rules during the coronavirus blockage – which led to his suspension from the club.

Kalou shook hands with teammates and seemed to show the pandemic live on social media.

The terms of the former Chelsea striker's deal with Botafogo remain unclear

The terms of the former Chelsea striker's deal with Botafogo remain unclear

The terms of the former Chelsea striker’s deal with Botafogo remain unclear

He also filmed himself interrupting a teammate’s coronavirus test while displaying it live on Facebook in an act labeled “ absolutely unacceptable ” by the German league.

Kalou had spent six years with Chelsea between 2006-2012, scoring 60 times and creating 44 assists in 254 games for the club.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Kalou won one Premier League title, one Champions League, four FA Cups and one League Cup.

Kalou spent six years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 60 goals in 254 games for the club

Kalou spent six years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 60 goals in 254 games for the club

Kalou spent six years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 60 goals in 254 games for the club

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