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Soccer - Spanish goalkeeper Rico joins Fulham on loan from Sevilla

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Soccer - Spanish goalkeeper Rico joins Fulham on loan from Sevilla
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Sevilla vs Barcelona - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - March 31, 2018 Sevilla's Sergio Rico in action REUTERS/Jon Nazca   -   Copyright  JON NAZCA(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Fulham have signed Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico on a season-long loan deal from Sevilla, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old academy graduate has made 170 appearances for Sevilla during his career, and has also been capped once by the national team.

Rico was an integral part of the Sevilla squad for four seasons and won the Europa League twice before losing his position as first choice keeper last season.

“Sergio joins a very talented cast of goalkeepers under contract at FFC, and he answers our mandate of making our squad the strongest and deepest it can be as we face top Premier League opposition,” Fulham’s director of football operations Tony Khan said in a statement.

Rico could feature in the Slavisa Jokanovic’s squad when they host Crystal Palace in their opening league match on Saturday.

Fulham also confirmed the signing of left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City on a four-year contract, with an option to extend by a further year.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, Editing by William Maclean)

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