FULHAM, Wednesday (3/8) WIB, officially announced the arrival of Bernd Leno after completing the transfer of the German goalkeeper from fellow English Premier League club, Arsenal.
The promotion team did not disclose details of Leno’s transfer, but British media reported they paid the 30-year-old goalkeeper £8 million from Arsenal.
Leno completed his move by signing a three-year contract, which included the option of a one-year extension with Fulham.
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“It’s really nice to finally be here. I can’t wait to join the team, train and play together,” said Leno, quoted from Fulham’s official website.
“I’m relieved the process is over. I’m just happy to be here. It took some time, but in the end it’s done, and that’s what’s important.”
Fulham owner Tony Khan is equally relieved that his club can complete the move for Leno, who was their main target throughout this summer’s transfer window.
“He is already playing at the highest level, and coming here brings experience and a leadership aspect. He will be a great addition to Marco Silva’s squad, who are looking forward to the new season,” he said.
Leno becomes Fulham’s seventh permanent signing after midfielder Joao Palhinha, attacking midfielder Kristian Sekularac, striker Callum McFarlane, attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira and full-back Kevin Mbabu.
Fulham have also previously agreed the loan of winger Manor Solomon from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Leno is a product of the VfL Stuttgart academy who made his senior debut on loan at Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 19 on 14 August 2011.
Half a season as a loan player, Leno, who was able to take the position of Leverkusen’s main goalkeeper, immediately made his move permanent from Stuttgart.
Seven seasons based at BayArena, Leno was then brought by Arsenal to England in the summer of 2018 and immediately succeeded in displacing Petr Cech as the main goalkeeper and closed his first season in London with a runner-up medal in the Europa League.
Unfortunately, Leno’s position has started to dwindle since the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale and last season he made just eight appearances for Arsenal in all competitions.
Since making his debut at senior level, Leno has recorded 152 goals without a goal in 591 appearances in various competitions.
The presence of Manuel Neuer makes it difficult for many goalkeepers to replace him in the German national team, although Leno has made nine appearances for Der Panzer and was included in the Euro 2020 squad. (Ant/OL-1)