Fulham fans got their first glimpse of new signing Mickael Tavares on Friday evening, when he was selected as one of the overage players in our Under-21 side that defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Craven Cottage.
The central midfielder had only formally completed his move to the Club a matter of hours prior to kick-off and the Senegal international was pleased to get everything finalised.
“My agent called me to say he’d spoken with the coach, with Martin Jol, who I worked with in Hamburg,” Mickael told fulhamfc.com when asked as to how the move came about.
“After the injury to Mahamadou Diarra, Fulham needed another player in midfield so they called me and asked me to come for a few days to see if I was fit.
“I am looking forward to working with Martin Jol again. He brought me to SV Hamburger but he didn’t stay for long as he moved to Ajax, so I’m very happy to see him again and I want to thank him for giving me the chance to play in the Premier League and show everybody what I can do.
“I think it’s the dream for everybody to play in the Premier League. I was at Middlesbrough in the Championship and that was a good experience but the Premier League is something else so I’m very happy to be here.”
Mickael played the entirety of Friday’s victory over our local rivals and the 29-year-old is hopeful of getting more game-time under his belt in preparation for a full Fulham debut.
“It was good to play 90 minutes as I haven’t played a full game in a long time,” he said. “The first half was a little bit hard as I haven’t played enough games, but the second half I think it was better and week after week I hope to improve. Hopefully after getting a bit more playing time I will be ready for the First Team.
“I’m on a short-term deal so while I’m here I want to put in some good performances to try and convince people that I deserve a longer contract.”