Fulham sign Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg

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Netherlands international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg has signed for Fulham, the club confirmed on their official website.

The 30-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League club, keeping him at Fulham until 2017.

Stekelenburg has 54 caps for the Netherlands and became first-choice goalkeeper following the retirement of Edwin van der Sar.

He began his senior career at Ajax, having progressed through the Dutch club’s youth system.

Stekelenburg said: "I am very happy to be joining Fulham, and to have everything sorted out so early in the summer, so I can really focus on preparations for playing in the Barclays Premier League next season."

The goalkeeper played under Fulham boss Martin Jol at Ajax during the

2009/10 campaign.

He added: "It’s good that I’ll be joining Martin again, he knows my capabilities very well, so I am just looking forward to joining up with the team in pre-season and enjoying some time with them prior to the new season starting."

Stekelenburg made more than 280 appearances during 11 seasons at Ajax, winning two league titles, three Dutch cups and four Dutch Super Cups before moving to Serie A and the Italian capital in 2011.

Jol added: "Maarten Stekelenburg is a fine quality goalkeeper who I know well from my time working with him at Ajax and of course as the Dutch international goalkeeper I have always had an additional interest in his career. I am sure that he will do well here at Fulham in the Premier League.

"He is a player of great quality and technical ability whose distribution and ability to react quickly and read the game is exceptional; he will be a fantastic addition to the talented team of keepers that we already have.

"I am delighted that he was so keen to come to join us and am very happy with the way that the summer is shaping up in terms of our signings, so on the whole I’m ever so pleased."

Fulham have replaced 40-year-old Mark Schwarzer with Stekelenberg, who has departed from the London club this summer.


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