Lastuvka delight at Fulham move
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jan Lastuvka has expressed his delight to get the opportunity to play in The Premiership.
New Fulham goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka has expressed his delight to get the opportunity to play in The Premiership.
The 24-year-old has joined The Cottagers on a season-long loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Lastuvka admits he was slightly surprised to discover he was joining Fulham but is looking forward to challenging Antti Niemi for a starting place.
"It is a big call for me," Lastuvka said. "I have always wanted to play in England and, suddenly, that has happened. I am looking forward to it very much.
"To be honest, I don't know much about the club yet. Of course I know this season's results and I know which goalkeepers are there.
"But I have not even spoken to (former Fulham goalkeeper) Jaroslav Drobny, it all happened very quickly."
By moving to Fulham, Lastuvka will not feature for Shakhtar in this season's UEFA Champions League.
However, he believes playing in England is as big as playing in Europe's biggest club competition.
"I don't take it as a tragedy. I have always dreamt of England so now it will be a kind of Champions League for me," he added.
"I want to gain ground and I will do everything to make it."
Meanwhile, Drobny's agent Viktor Kolar has confirmed his player will be able to join a new club outside of the transfer window.
Drobny was released by Fulham after failing to force himself into the starting line-up at Craven Cottage.
Kolar said: "Because he was released from his contract before the transfer deadline, he is now in a position where he can sign a contract at any time during the season."