Riise seals Fulham deal

Defender signs three-year deal at Craven Cottage

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 13/07/11 3:43pm

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Fulham have completed the signing of Norwegian defender John Arne Riise from Roma.

As exclusively revealed by skysports.com last week, Fulham have made a move to bring the former Liverpool defender back to the Premier League.

Fulham boss Martin Jol had made a new left-back one of his top priorities, with Mexican defender Carlos Salcido expected to leave Craven Cottage as he is homesick.

Riise, who will link up with his brother, Bjorn Helge, at Craven Cottage, was pleased to make the move to Fulham.

"Fulham is a club that I have been following as my brother, Bjorn plays here and he speaks very highly of the club and the staff."
John Arne Riise on his move to Fulham Quotes of the week

"I'm delighted to have completed my transfer to Fulham this morning and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League once again," Riise told the club's official website.

"Fulham is a club that I have been following as my brother, Bjorn, plays here and he speaks very highly of the club and the staff. Obviously I also played against the club in the Europa league group stage when they went on to reach the final of the competition.

Ambitious

"I know that the club is ambitious, and continues to make good progress each year, under the guidance of the chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. I am looking forward to working with Martin Jol and the rest of the squad when I report to training next week."

Jol believes the 30-year-old will prove a valuable addition to the squad at Craven Cottage.

"John Arne Riise is an experienced international left-back who will bring a number of qualities to our squad and provide more options for me," said Jol.

"He is used to performing at the very highest level for both club and country, and is an accomplished player defensively, who can also contribute to our attacking play.

"I am extremely happy that we've been able to add him to our squad, and believe that he will prove a valuable addition as we progress."

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