Calvin Bassey says that he wants to help Fulham build on their achievements last season after completing a summer move reportedly worth €22.5m from Ajax Amsterdam.
Bassey had arrived in the United States (US) on Thursday to undergo medical tests ahead of a summer transfer to Fulham, according to Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano.
And on Friday, the Premier League club confirmed his signing, subject to international clearance, which is expected to be received during the early part of next week.
The 23-year-old defender has agreed on a contract until the summer of 2027, with a club option to extend by a further 12 months, and Bassey will wear the number three shirt this season.
Speaking to FFCtv in the United States, Bassey said: “I know how big of a club Fulham is. They always have quality players, and they’re playing in the Premier League, the best league in the world, so I didn’t have to think much about it.
“It’s a London club as well, so it’s always a plus to go home! I’m happy it’s all done now, and I can just focus on the football and help the team build on last season when they did amazing.”
A move to Rangers in the summer of 2020 saw his career really take off, as he enjoyed a highly prosperous two years in Glasgow.
Bassey’s first year saw Rangers win the Scottish Premiership by a remarkable 25 points – a campaign in which they did not suffer a single league defeat, and conceded just 13 goals. Their 26 clean sheets is a Scottish record.
Having operated mainly at left-back in his first season, Bassey split his time between there and centre-half in 2021/22, as Rangers embarked on another excellent season.
In addition to winning the Scottish Cup, the Gers made it all the way to the UEFA Europa League Final, where they were beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite the heartbreaking end to their European campaign, Bassey won many plaudits for his performance in the final, which finished 1-1 – as his pace and strength at the back made it difficult for Frankfurt to create many decent-quality chances.
Bassey’s performances on one of the biggest stages naturally caught the eye, with Ajax parting with an initial €23m to bring him to Amsterdam – a club record sale for Rangers.