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Beskitas begin Fabri return bid

Beskitas have begun discussions with Fabri’s representatives about a potential deal to take the Fulham goalkeeper back to Turkey, according to reports this afternoon.

The Spanish goalkeeper is apparently keen to return to Besiktas, whom he helped win the Turkish title in 2017, and the Black Eagles are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Fulham. Besiktas are keen to recruit a new goalkeeper after the end of Loris Karius’ loan from Liverpool and, although they are unlikely to be able to match the 32 year-old’s current wages, they believe offering the former Deportivo and Betis goalkeeper first team football and the success of his previous spell in Istanbul may prove tempting.

Fabri, who joined Fulham for a reported £5m in July 2018, made just two first-team appearances before being dropped after defeats by Crystal Palace and Tottenham. He was loaned out to Mallorca last season but made just one league start and is not thought to feature in Scott Parker’s plans for the forthcoming campaign.

Fulham goalkeeping coach leaves after two games

Fulham’s new goalkeeping coach Jose Sambade Carreira is heading back to Spain after just two games with the Premier League newcomers.

Carreira, appointed this summer by Slavisa Jokanovic ahead of the club’s return to the top flight, was reportedly prominent in Fulham’s decision to sign Spanish goalkeeper Fabri from his former employers Besiktas this summer. He started the season as Jokanovic’s number one but was punished for two mistakes by Crystal Palace on the opening day and let in three at Tottenham last weekend.

Today’s Daily Mail reports that Fulham’s goalkeepers were informed of Carreira’s abrupt departure on Wednesday afternoon and he was not present at the club’s Motspur Park training ground on Thursday. The newspaper claims that Carreira found it difficult to settle in London and has returned home to be with his family, who abandoned their plan to relocate to England earlier this month.

Jokanovic is considering a goalkeeping change for Sunday’s clash with Burnley with the lack of English spoken by Fabri and fellow summer signing Sergio Rico causing communication problems with Fulham’s defenders so far. That means academy graduate Marcus Bettinelli, who became the club’s number one during their 23-match unbeaten run at the end of the Championship season, could make his first appearance of the season against the Clarets.

Fabri attracted by Fulham’s history

Fulham’s new goalkeeper Fabri has revealed that the club’s unique history and the prospect of playing in the Premier League were among the main reasons to convince him to leave Besiktas.

The Whites confirmed the experienced Spanish goalkeeper as their third signing of the summer, after agreeing a fee of around £5m with the Turkish club. Fabri, who had worked with Fulham’s goalkeeping coach Jose Sambede at two of his previous clubs, was clearly taken with his new club’s history – as he showed during a wide-ranging interview with FulhamFCTV:

I am very happy to have joined a club with so much history like Fulham. I am delighted that Fulham have trusted that I can compete with them to be in the Premier League for many years and feel very positive about this. I want to enjoy this challenge and every training session and match. I considerable myself a very positive and happy guy and want to adapt as soon as possible to London life, improving my English. My feelings are very positive, and I want to give everything and enjoy the day-to-day.

The fact that I have joined a club with so much history and the oldest in London is very attractive to me. I close my eyes and imagine what football must have been like. Obviously I have not watched it but I have seen pictures of the old style stadium and the essence that it has got. I have also been told that it is a very family orientated club where everyone is close. All of that is important to me and the target of playing in the most competitive league in the world, the Premier League.

The Premier League is a league that all football players dream of being part of. It’s the most competitive league with great clubs, followed worldwide, an incredible history, very different football played with respect, fans who are constantly cheering and supporting their teams in full stadia. It has many things to attract you. For me it’s the best league in the world alongside La Liga but the Premier League attracts you in all senses.

The 30 year-old has no qualms about being asked to play out from the back and be part of a possession-focused, attractive side, believing that the success of Pep Guardiola with Barcelona and Manchester City has changed the game markedly.

This has allowed the team to get such good results, to achieve promotion and return to the Premier League. It is all about confidence and working hard and believing firmly in the work and that style of play. [Pep] Guardiola has revolutionised that style of play with something perhaps more direct, also Liverpool and Chelsea have adapted their way of thinking and perhaps that has changed football in England.

I think it is interesting to be able to learn something new, to see new things which can get results is always beneficial. I just love football so I can adapt to any style! But yes, I like it. I prefer a style where the team keeps possession, is more attacking and can play good football. I like it and I admire teams that can play this way.

Fabri also has his sights set on an enjoyable season at Craven Cottage. He is expected to become Fulham’s first choice goalkeeper, displacing former England under-21 international Marcus Bettinelli:

Like all players I want to play, but I also want to enjoy it, come to work with a smile on my face every day, feel that we are a united group fighting for the same objectives, that we have a good atmosphere. But the main thing I desire to be able to enjoy it. To be able to do things well so that we can get the results which will influence everything. Overall I want to deliver good results, remain positive and enjoy my team here, enjoy this great season and many more to come.

Fulham sign goalkeeper Fabri from Besiktas

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Fabi from Besiktas for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m.

The thirty year-old goalkeeper, who has worked with Fulham’s goalkeeping coach Jose Sambede at Deportivo La Coruna and Besiktas, has signed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage. The Premier League new boys also have an option to extend that deal by a further year.

After obtaining a wealth of experience in Spanish football, Fabri signed for Besiktas in the summer of 2016 and helped the Turkish club win the domestic title, keeping fourteen Super Lig clean sheets. He has been voted the league’s best goalkeeper for the past two seasons and starred as Besiktas topped their Champions’ League group, qualifying for the second phase undefeated. Fulham entered into protracted negotiations with Besiktas for Fabri and, after having two sizable bids rejected, have finally got their man.

Fabri, who will compete with Marcus Bettinelli for the number one jersey ahead of the start of the Premier League season next month, told Fulham’s official website:

I’m delighted to be at an historic club like Fulham, the oldest club in London. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to be in the Premier League with Fulham. Everything is very positive for me and I want to take the opportunity to make the most of this goal of being in the Premier League.

Fulham’s vice chairman and director of football operations, Tony Khan, said:

I’m pleased to announce that Fulham FC has completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Fabri from Besiktas. He is a tremendous player that we’ve targeted for some time. His scouting profile and his data profile are both strong, and he has exceptional career credentials including Champions League experience, plus he has worked well with our First Team Goalkeeping Coach Jose Sambade Carreira in the past, so we expect his addition will make us a more complete and competitive football club.

Fabri having Fulham medical

Spanish goalkeeper Fabri is having a medical at Fulham today ahead of his proposed move from Besiktas.

Fulham and the Turkish club have agreed a fee of just over £5m for the experienced goalkeeper and Fabri has revealed to Turkish journalists that he has successfully finalised personal terms with the Premier League new boys. Fabri flew to London yesterday and was spotted at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground earlier today. The 30 year-old goalkeeper has been recommended by Fulham by their goalkeeping coach Jose Sambede, who has worked with him at Besiktas and Deportivo La Coruna. He will battle Marcus Bettinelli, who established himself as Slavisa Jokanovic’s first choice goalkeeper during the second half of last season, for the number one shirt at Craven Cottage.

Fulham moved quickly to secure an experienced goalkeeper after allowing David Button to join Brighton and Hove Albion last week. Fabri quickly became a popular figure with the Besiktas fans after helping the club win their first domestic title in thirteen years in his first season in Istanbul. He then starred as the Turkish club sprung a major surprise by topping their Champions’ League qualifying group last season. Fabri kept 27 clean sheets in 87 appearances for Beskitas, conceding 94 goals. He has the highest save percentage – almost 75% – of any goalkeeper in the Super Lig since making his debut for Besiktas in August 2016.

He will shortly become Fulham’s third summer signing since the Whites won promotion back to the top flight, joining French pair Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand in making the move to west London.