Denis Odoi, a former Fulham defender, joined Club Brugge for a sum of around €700,000 yesterday, according to The Athletic.
The 33-year-old played a key role earlier in the season while in the absence of Kenny Tete. He was sidelined for nearly a month after suffering a severe hamstring injury in late August.
With Cyrus Christie ruled out by Marco Silva. It was up to Denis Odoi to step up on the right side and cover for the Netherlands international while he recovered.
Denis made the move away from Fulham
Christie, a Republic of Ireland player, was loaned out to Swansea City for the rest of the season. In the middle of last month, perhaps making Odoi even more vital despite being ahead of the Irishman in the pecking order of the squad.
Neco Williams’ presence at Craven Cottage for the remainder of the season. However, this has allowed the defender to leave the English team. Bringing his five-and-a-half-year spell at the promotion chasers to a close.
The Athletic has stated that Fulham has received a €700,000 price for his services. Which is not a huge number in terms of financial fair play for the club. But one that they will be keen to accept with Williams’ arrival.
His contract with the club didn’t expire until 2023. So there’s a case to be made that they might have negotiated a larger fee for him due to the length of the contract. Though his remuneration must also be taken into account, since he may be earning a quite nice salary.
Even with relegation provisions, he signed that agreement to stay at the club until next year in September 2020. When the club was in the Premier League, it would be surprising if he wasn’t making a sizable sum.
So this departure will only help them save revenue in relation to player salaries in Fulham. Which can only be a positive thing even if they do return to the Premier League at the conclusion of the season, which appears to be a distinct possibility at this point.
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