Fulham have former midfielder Mousa Dembele and the iconic Match of the Day programme for convincing Denis Odoi to reject other opportunities to move to London this summer, according to the Belgian full back.

Odoi has quickly become a firm favourite with the fans since his move to Craven Cottage – not least because of that outrageous bit of skill on the opening night against Newcastle United – but the Belgian international revealed that a longstanding dream of playing in England and a few words with his compatriot, now at Tottenham, about the club convinced him to chose Fulham.

The defender told Get West London:

Fulham were eager on me coming here. I still had a few other possibilities, but it was a dream of mine (to play in England) since I was young and watched Match of the Day. It is not Premier League, but I have always fancied to play in England and Fulham is a big club with a big name.

I also spoke with Mousa Dembele to ask him about the club because he was here and he said it was a very nice club with a nice atmosphere, like a small family and also very professional. So then I came here to talk to Mike Rigg (chief football officer) and everything and decided to go for it.

Odoi is keen that Fulham maintain their fine start to the season in their first game after the international break against Birmingham City tomorrow.

The Championship is hard, so whenever you have a weekend off you enjoy it. We want to stay unbeaten as long as possible and that doesn’t just happen. It needs you to work for it.