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So long as it keeps raining goals for Fulham striker Mladen Petric, it will take the Croatian’s mind off the thought that he might now be enjoying sunny football in Spain.

Petric, Fulham’s first major signing of the summer when he moved to Craven Cottage on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Hamburg, has scored three goals

in four Premier League games for Martin Jol’s team. In the continuing absence through injury of Dimitar Berbatov, he will look to lead the line and add to that tally at Southampton on Sunday.

But the 31-year-old, on target from the penalty spot in last weekend’s defeat against Manchester City, has revealed how Fulham almost missed out on his signature.

Petric (above) said: “I had a few choices when my contract at Hamburg came to an end and it was between Spain and England. To play in the Premier League has always been an ambition of mine. However, Spain was also an exciting destination.

“I’m from Croatia and my wife is from Greece, so I had always presumed the difference in weather would make our decision. But in speaking to the club, very quickly I was aware of their ambition and ideas going forward, something I wanted to be part of.

“When you join a new team, move to a new country, there is always an element of doubt.

“Had I made the right decision? Thankfully, I feel that I have.”