Lucas Piazon has finally signed the long-awaited extension to his loan from Chelsea that will keep him with Fulham until the end of the season.

The Brazilian forward, who has gradually become more and more integral to Slavisa Jokanovic’s plans as the current campaign has progressed, had tweeted over the past couple of weeks that he was expecting to remain at Craven Cottage beyond the January 15th cut off for his initial loan deal. The formal paperwork was registered with the Football League and the FA this afternoon, meaning that Piazon will be eligible for Saturday’s local derby at Queens’ Park Rangers.

The 22 year-old, who joined on transfer deadline day back in August, scored on his Fulham debut against Bristol City in the EFL Cup and has became increasingly popular with the Craven Cottage faithful. Piazon, who spent last season on loan at Reading, has scored four goals in seventeen first-team games for Fulham and is likely to start on the left wing at Loftus Road at the weekend with both Floyd Ayite and Neekens Kebano away at African Cup of Nations duty.

Piazon told the club’s official website this afternoon:

The last couple of weeks we have been waiting on it, and today finally everything was done. I signed all the paperwork so I can stay until the end of the season, which is good news. I spoke with Fulham a few weeks ago and then with my agents, and they told Chelsea that I wanted to stay.

They said it was fine as it’s a good option for me, so they agreed and it wasn’t a big issue. The papers took a little bit longer than I expected but then in the end everything worked out well.

I think [the fans have] been waiting on this as well. I was communicating with them quite a lot in the last few days to keep them updated. So today when we made the deal and finalised everything, I was very happy with the replies that they gave me. They gave me a lot of support which was very good to see, and makes me even more excited and looking forward to keep playing and doing my best for the club and for them.