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Amorebieta relishing Fulham challenge

Fernando Amorebieta is looking forward to life in the Premier League, after completing a switch to Fulham from Athletic Bilbao.

The Venezuela international was manager Martin Jol’s first recruit of the close-season, and was quickly followed into the club by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and midfielder Derek Boateng.

Amorebieta left a Bilbao side who only just secured top-flight status in La Liga last season and, although he insists he enjoyed his time at the Basque club, he was quick to speak of his excitement ahead of his first season in English football.

“I’ll miss many things from Athletic,” he told Goal.

“There was a real sense of togetherness at the club with guys who have come through together since they were kids. They spent a lifetime travelling the same journey together and that creates a special atmosphere.

“I had other options, but the best one was from Fulham. To be settled and living in London is a must. I have not yet been able to visit Fulham’s training ground but I really want to meet my new team-mates. I want to demonstrate the player that I am. I have great enthusiasm for this new adventure.”

The 28-year-old revealed that he has not met any of his new team-mates as yet, but is eager to strike a bond with the rest of the squad at Craven Cottage.

“I do not know any of my colleagues in person or the coach. I’ve just seen them play on television,” he added.

“I have wanted to meet the captain, Brede Hangeland, because he is well-liked by the fans, an important player for Fulham, and I have heard very good things about him.

“I decided to move to Fulham because, from speaking to them, it seemed like a club with a friendly atmosphere like the one I’m used to at Athletic. They contacted me and gave me a good impression. I think it was a wise decision.”

Wed 19 Jun, 2013
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