Sergio Rico says he has enjoyed his time at Fulham and would like to play in the Premier League again next season.
Rico, who signed for the London club on a season-long loan from Sevilla last summer, has made 17 appearances so far this season for the Cottagers, keeping three clean sheets.
The Spain international has been at Sevilla since his youth career, winning the Europa League twice, but a return to England – and hopefully the Premier League – is something he is seriously considering.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the 25-year-old said: “I have to come back to Seville but I would like to come here [England] next season because I am very happy here. I like the Premier League and I enjoy it a lot here in London, I am so happy. I don’t know the future now but I would like to come here again.”
Fulham have confirmed the signing of Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico on a season-long loan.
The 24 year-old goalkeeper has made more than 170 appearances for Sevilla and has been capped by Spain at senior level. Fulham moved quickly to snap one of La Liga’s leading goalkeepers after Sevilla had signed Tomas Vaclik from Basel. The Spanish goalkeeper has won back-to-back Europa League titles with Sevilla and will battle with compatriot Fabri and Marcus Bettinelli for the number one shirt at Craven Cottage.
Rico told Fulham’s official website:
I’m very happy, really pleased to have signed for the oldest club in the Premier League. “I’m excited to start training, to meet all my teammates and, above all, to enjoy the season that starts this Saturday.
Fulham’s head of football operations, Tony Khan, said:
I’m excited to announce that Fulham Football Club has signed Sergio Rico on loan from Sevilla. Sergio is a world class goalkeeper, and thus, his services have been in great demand. Sergio joins a very talented cast of goalkeepers under contract at FFC, and he answers our mandate of making our squad the strongest and deepest it can be as we face top Premier League opposition. Come on Fulham!
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is poised to join Fulham on a season-long loan deal tomorrow, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Rico, who has won two Europa League titles with Sevilla, is set to leave the Spanish side after they completed the capture of Tomas Vaclik from Basel. The 24 year-old goalkeeper, who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool and Chelsea among others in the past year, has made more than 100 appearances for Sevilla since coming through their academy and was the Andalusian side’s number one last season.
Spanish sports newspaper AS says Sevilla are happy to let the fan favourite leave, although there is no option to buy in the proposed deal. Rico’s arrival would make him the second Spanish goalkeeper that Fulham have bought during the transfer window, after the Whites signed Fabri from Besiktas for £5m earlier this summer. What this surprise move might mean for Marcus Bettinelli, who was Fulham’s first choice goalkeeper as they won promotion back to the Premier League last season, remains to be seen. The Fulham academy graduate is currently injured, but looked likely to play second fiddle to Fabri in the early part of the season in any case.
Rico, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most promising young goalkeepers, has a single cap for Spain, which came in a friendly win over South Korea back in 2016.