London - Germany
winger and 2014 Soccer World Cup winner Andre Schuerrle on Wednesday agreed to
join English Premier League side Fulham on a two-year loan from Borussia
It will be a second stint in the English top flight for the 27-year-old who played at nearby Chelsea from 2013-2015.
"I'm so happy to be here, I can't wait to get started. Fulham were
the first club that showed interest in me - that was something that I
appreciated a lot, and one of the reasons I wanted to come here,"
Schuerrle told fulhamfc.com.
"I love ball possession, I love attacking, and I love making runs, so
I think it could be perfect. I have to fight for my place and I have to
show my quality so that I can be a member who really helps the team."
Fulham have returned to England's top flight, winning promotion last
season via a play-off, after four years in the Championship.
Schuerrle shot to fame at the 2014 World Cup when his superb cross
led to Mario Goetze scoring the winning goal in the final to give
Germany their fourth title.
However, a loss of form and injuries meant he failed to win a place
in the Germany squad for this year's World Cup and only managed three
goals and 10 assists in 33 games for Dortmund since joining from
Wolfsburg for $35 million in 2016.
Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan said: "Andre has been a top target for
us, as he has for other clubs throughout Europe, so I'm very happy that
our pursuit was successful.
"He has vast experience, having played in the Premier League, the
Bundesliga and with the German national team, including the squad that
won the World Cup in 2014.
"We're ecstatic that we have reached an agreement to add Andre, given
his impeccable credentials and his tremendous skill, and can't wait to
see him in Fulham colours."