Fulham have finally completed the signing of Spanish centre back Marcelo Djalo from Spanish Segunda Liga side Deportivo Lugo for a fee believed to be in the region of £800,000.
The 23 year-old defender has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage, with Fulham holding an option to extend the deal by a further year, and told the club’s official website of his delight at finalising a move to England.
The truth is, for me it is a proud moment. It’s a big club, an emblem of the city, and for me it’s a proud moment. Quite simply, I want to be here, I want to work here, I want to grow as a person and a footballer at this great club.
Djalo, who began his career at Real Madrid and also features Juventus on a cosmopolitan CV, made 26 appearances for Lugo last season, scoring two goals. He starred at UCAM Murcia on loan, where he helped them clinch promotion to the Spanish second tier for the first time in their history, and earned a permanent move to Lugo. The former Spanish under-17 international, who can also operate as a holding midfielder, will travel with Fulham’s first team on their pre-season tour of Poland this week and Fulham’s director of football, Tony Khan, revealed that Djalo is ‘a young player who can quickly contribute to our first team’.