Fulham snap up goalkeeper Steve Benda on a three-year deal… with German shot-stopper to fight with Bernd Leno and Marek Rodak to be No 1 at Craven Cottage
Fulham sign goalkeeper Steve Benda on a three-year deal… with the German shot-stopper to battle Bernd Leno and Marek Rodak for No. 1 at Craven Cottage
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Fulham have signed goalkeeper Steve Benda from Swansea City on a three-year deal.
Benda, 24, has signed a contract with Craven Cottage until 2026, with Fulham having an option to extend for a further year.
‘I’m very happy. It’s a huge club with a lot of history and tradition, so I’m very happy to be here,” Benda told FFCtv after signing.
“Just look at this stadium and the Club itself, playing for Marco Silva, it was a very easy decision.”
He will provide additional competition to both Bernd Leno and Marek Rodak for the number 1 spot in West London.
Fulham has taken over German goalkeeper Steve Benda from second division club Swansea City
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“I am delighted to welcome Steven Benda to Fulham,” added vice-chairman Tony Khan.
“He is a talented young goalkeeper and although he is currently recovering from injury, we have been watching him for some time and believe he will be a valuable addition to Marco’s squad when he returns.”
A serious knee injury has stalled Benda’s progress, but he will be hoping for a fresh start in the English capital.
He transferred to Swansea in 2017 from Munich in 1860 and made a total of 31 senior appearances.
Asked about the loss of one of his key goalkeepers late in the period, Swansea boss Michael Duff was keen to look forward and not backward.
“Steven made it clear he would not be signing a new contract,” Duff said after the 3-2 Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday.
“We probably wouldn’t have seen him until January, so are we in a position to turn down the money for a goalkeeper who would only be available for three or four months?
“We think we have a good goalkeeper in Carl (Rushworth) anyway.”
Benda is recovering from a knee problem, but on his return he will compete for the number 1 spot