Greek football star Kostas Mitroglou joins Fulham

Greek football star Kostas Mitroglou joins Fulham
By Ioannis-Alexandros Ioannidis
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Fulham Football Club announced the signing of Greece international Konstantinos Mitroglou on a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Various Greek media reported that the total transfer fee for Mitroglou will reach 15 million euro.

Regarding the terms of the deal with the ‘Cottagers’, Konstantinos Mitroglou will be paid around 2.5 million euro for each year of his contract, according to sport newspapers and websites in Greece.

The 25-year-old striker arrives in West London from Olympiakos where he has netted 14 times in this season’s Greek Super League, making him the league’s top goalscorer.

Mitroglou started his career in Germany before moving to Olympiakos in 2007 where he made 148 appearances, scoring 62 goals, in six seasons.

He helped his team to three Super League titles, three Greek Cups and one Greek Super Cup.

IT'S OFFICIAL: We welcome new #FFC player and Greek international Konstantinos Mitroglou

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 31, 2014

International career

On the international scene, Mitroglou has scored eight goals in 28 appearances for his country.

He scored three crucial goals in Greece’s two-legged World Cup Qualifying Play-Off victory against Romania last November, sending his nation to this summer’s 2014 World Cup Finals in the process.

History maker

Mitroglou made history as the first Greek player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League, notching all three goals in this season’s 3-0 win away at Anderlecht in the Group Stages.

“I’m very happy that I’m here in the Premier League, and especially with Fulham which is a major club in the league,” Mitroglou told the official website.

“I’m here because I want to fulfil the Club’s targets and I want to help the Club achieve their goals. I was really flattered that they wanted me so badly and I’m really happy to be here. I’m really happy that I will work with René Meulensteen. I know that he has a lot of experience in football. He explained to me how he works and I am really looking forward to working with him” he added.

“I also spoke to Giorgos [Karagounis] before I came here and he told me only the best things about Fulham” Mitroglou stated.

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