Fulham land former World Cup winner Schurrle on two-year loan

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The forward joins the Cottagers on a temporary deal from Borussia Dortmund as he returns to the Premier League

Fulham have secured the signature of Andre Schurrle from Borussia Dortmund on loan, the Premier League club have announced.

The forward joins the Cottagers on a two-year deal as Fulham return to the top-flight for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

“I’m so happy to be here, I can’t wait to get started," Schurrle told Fulhamfctv. "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.

"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."

A World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, Schurrle brings Premier League experience as well, having featured for Chelsea in the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 campaigns.

While Schurrle played in 30 Premier League games in his debut campaign in England, starting 15, he fell out of favor in his second and made a midseason move to Wolfsburg.

He would later go on to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, and managed three goals and six assists over 33 Bundesliga games for the club. 

A DFB-Pokal winner with Wolfsburg and Dortmund, his success in 2014 with Brazil and his years in the German and English top-flight has Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan excited about what Schurrle can bring to the newly promoted side.

"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," Khan told the club's official website. 

"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.

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"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."

Fulham finished third in the Championship last season, but made their way back to top-flight by virtue of victory in the playoff. 

The team has previously added goalkeeper Fabri from Besiktas and Jean Michael Seri from Nice, beating rival Premier League clubs to the signature of the Ivory Coast international. 

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