Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami has left Fulham to join Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old Swiss midfielder, signed from Italian club Palermo in 2011, struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at Craven Cottage.
After ending the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Lucerne, he returned to Fulham and scored the winner in their opening-day victory at Sunderland.
He also netted a brilliant goal in a 4-1 win at Crystal Palace, but the season ended in relegation.
Kasami made a total of 55 appearances for the west London club, scoring three goals.
Kasami then took to his official Instagram account to thank Fulham for their support over the past three years: “I would like to thank everyone at Fulham Football Club for there great support, especially to all the fans who have been incredible over the last three years I’ve been here. I wish you all the success in the future.”
Olympiakos are plotting a summer move for Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami.
The Swiss star has made 55 appearances for the Cottagers since his switch from Palermo in 2011, scoring three goals.
However, the 21-year-old is approaching the final 12 months of his contract at the club and the Greek giants are monitoring his situation closely.
Fulham boss Felix Magath showed the door to nine players earlier this month as he rebuilds his squad for life in the Championship following relegation from the Premier League.
And it remains to be seen whether Kasami figures in the German chief’s plans for next season in the second tier.
Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami feels Fulham have the quality to stay in the Premier League despite their poor run of form continuing with a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea.
Fulham were well in the game in the opening 45 minutes, but the loss of skipper Brede Hangeland to a head injury seemed to take away a good deal of their defensive stability.
And with Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard in unstoppable form in the second half, Chelsea strolled away from their struggling neighbours and ensured another winless weekend for Whites fans.
Fulham remain rooted to the bottom of the table but Kasami is hopeful Felix Magath can engineer a turnaround in their fortunes now he is settling in to life in England.
Kasami said: “We have the quality for it. We have to fight now in each game. There are 10 games to go and a massive game against Cardiff next week.
“(Today) was very unfortunate. We started the first half very well, and then we stopped paying attention and conceded the first goal. I think we had the chance to score, but the game is over 90 minutes.
“We all have one goal this season – to stay up in the Premier League. (The manager) has given us the information and we worked very hard in the week to get points and big results.
“Every manager has their own opinion and own philosophy. What we have to do is stick together, be positive, look forward to the next game.”
Pajtim Kasami believes Fulham can use the momentum gained from their Boxing Day win at Norwich to pull away from the relegation dogfight.
The Swiss midfielder, restored to the side by Rene Meulensteen at Carrow Road yesterday, scored the equaliser with a first-half free-kick and feels that the confidence gained from a crucial victory could prove crucial as the Whites head to Hull tomorrow looking for another boost in the battle against the drop.
I think everyone saw that this was a real boost for everyone and there’s real belief for everyone again. It was massive and it is nice to get these three points.
I think we started well in the game and I think it was their first chance that they got that lucky deflection. It happens. What can you do? I think we reacted very well.
Fulham did respond positively to going behind, with Kasami to the fore. The former Palermo midfield produced the perfect cross that Damien Duff failed to convert, but the Whites did equalise thanks to Kasami’s low free-kick that flew through the Norwich wall which had bought a cheeky dummy from Steve Sidwell.
He [Sidwell] just said to me he’s going to go over [the ball] and everyone saw that the wall went off, and I tried to place it. At that moment, you don’t think too much, I tried to place it and it went in. I’m very happy.
Scott’s goal showed the desire that we wanted to win that game. Of course, they had loads of chances but we had plenty of chances ourselves. It went our way, we were very pleased with these three points and we think the club and the fans and everyone deserved the win.
Kasami remains positive about Fulham’s chances of picking up points, despite the side still remaining in the relegation zone at the moment.
Of course, we have the quality and if the quality’s there we don’t have to worry; it’s all about working hard and being together as a team and I think we show that and that’s the way we are going to win games.
Now we have three tough games and the next tough game is on Saturday and we are looking forward to it. We are taking a lot of confidence out of this result and, although this was a massive win for us today, we have to look forward to the next game.
We don’t really think about what’s happening around us, we focus on us, we know what we have to and everyone knows and the good thing is we have the quality and with the quality everyone needs to work hard, that’s the way we get results, pick up points and we have to keep working hard.
Fulham boss Martin Jol reckons Pajtim Kasami can go on to become Fulham’s own version of Andros Townsend – so long as he ignores the speculation linking him with a big-money move abroad and stays at Craven Cottage.
Kasami scored an early contender for goal of the season on Monday night with a sumptuous two-touch volley which sailed over Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni from 25 yards.
The Swiss has not enjoyed the easiest of rides at Fulham since joining the west London club on a free transfer from Palermo in 2011.
The 21-year-old has started just nine Barclays Premier League games and last season he was so desperate for first-team football that he took a 50 per cent pay-cut to join Swiss side Lucerne on loan.
The midfielder is out of contract in 18 months and has been linked with a move to Juventus, but Jol says the best place for his development is Fulham.
“He’s still not the best player in England, but I think in two or three years he could be a big player,” the Fulham boss said.
“Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That would be good for everyone!
“I told him to count his blessings and to be happy at that age playing Premier League football.
“He needs to keep his feet on the ground. He’s a very level-headed boy.”
Tottenham took little time to tie Townsend down to a long-term contract following his heroic England debut, but Kasami will have to wait longer for a new deal at Fulham.
Jol thinks Kasami, a naturally left-sided attacking midfielder just like Townsend, still has work to do before he deserves new and improved terms.
“There will be a situation in five or six months time that we have to talk and extend his contract,” Jol added.
“If he didn’t score that goal it would’ve been a different story.
“He could’ve gone to other clubs when he left Palermo but he came here.
“He started off well but he had to learn a lot and that’s what he did.
“If you take the likes of Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Andros Townsend, they played for other clubs then came back. Now Townsend is the one I go to the stadium for. He’s a good player, almost like Arjen Robben, but not as good. He makes things happen for his team and Kasami’s the same.
“He’s got a very good shot and free-kick, so if he works hard he will be more and more important for us.”
Kasami is likely to retain his place in Fulham’s starting XI for Saturday evening’s match at Southampton.
Captain Brede Hangeland is unlikely to play as he has a nerve problem in his leg while midfielder Bryan Ruiz is a doubt because of a back injury.