Fulham sign promising Netherlands youngster Chris David

The 19-year-old midfielder will take time to adapt says Martin Jol

Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed the signing of FC Twente's Chris David.

The 19-year-old midfielder has long been linked with the Craven Cottage outfit and has now completed his move.

David has represented Holland at youth levels and was close to a move to Fulham in the summer.

"He is here," Jol said of David. "He has signed and he is here.

"He trained with us this morning. He is 19 years of age, player of the year of all the academies in Holland.

"He is an exciting talent but he will need at least six months of a year to adapt, but hopefully he will do it quicker. He is a very, very good talent.

"People say Ajax were interested and I imagine there will have been other clubs who were interested in him.

"We are very happy to get him. Maybe you can remember there was a little worry with his medical check on the last day of the transfer window so we decided not to do it.

"We took more time and that was a little problem for the boy because he couldn't play.

"First we have to get him fit and after that you will see he is an international player at all levels so I am very happy we have got him."

Meanwhile, Jol also confirmed former Middlesbrough midfielder Mickael Tavares is to leave the club after being brought in on a month-to-month basis in October.

"He was a great pro and I knew him from Hamburg, but he was a back-up player," the Dutchman said.

"There was no necessity to use him so we thank him for being here but we decided not to extend that contract. This was probably his last day."

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