Premier League: Fulham sign Andre Schurrle

Newly-promoted Premier League side Fulham have confirmed the signing of a big name for their club: German international Andre Schurrle. The 27-year-old forward joins Fulham from Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal and will wear the number 14 shirt. Schurrle was unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Borussia Dortmund over the last couple of seasons after he joined them from Wolfsburg, so the move to Fulham is an opportunity for him to return to the high levels that he had reached earlier in his career.

"I'm so happy to be here, I can't wait to get started," Schurrle said after joining the Cottagers. "Fulham were the first club that showed interest in me - that was something that I appreciated a lot, and one of the reasons I wanted to come here. I love ball possession, I love attacking, and I love making runs, so I think it could be perfect. I have to fight for my place and I have to show my quality so that I can be a member who really helps the team." Fulham general manager Tony Khan added: "André has been a top target for us, as he has for other clubs throughout Europe, so I'm very happy that our pursuit was successful. He has vast experience, having played in the Premier League, the Bundesliga and with the German National Team, including the squad that won the World Cup in 2014."

Andre Schurrle has played in the Premier League for Chelsea between 2013 and 2015, scoring 14 goals in 65 appearances in all competitions. He was not getting enough first-time football under Jose Mourinho, so he decided to move back to the Bundesliga at Wolfsburg in January 2015. The best moment of his career so far was the 2014 World Cup, where he provided the assist for Mario Gotze's extra-time goal in the final against Argentina. Schurrle has 57 caps and 22 goals for Germany but he was left out of the squad for the 2018 World Cup. Schurrle is the fourth signing of the summer after Maxime le Marchand and Jean Michael Seri from Nice and Fabri from Besiktas.

Fulham are 2/5 at Bet365 to avoid relegation from the Premier League next season.

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