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Aug, 28, 2011

Juve's Grygera relishing Fulham switch

Zdenek Grygera says he is excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League with Fulham, as the Juventus defender prepares to complete his transfer to Craven Cottage.

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Grygera, 31, will undergo a medical in London ahead of sealing his switch to Fulham on Sunday, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Czech international, who can play at centre-back or right-back, has been at Juve for four years and boasts experience of playing in the Champions League with both the Bianconeri and Ajax.

And though Grygera admitted it would not be easy to leave Turin, he is relishing the prospect of testing himself in English football after falling out of favour with Juve boss Antonio Conte.

"Hopefully it will come out well. I take Fulham as a big call and will experience another top league," Grygera told CTK. "The Premier League is probably the most followed competition at the moment and I am tempted by the prospect of being a part of it.

"This spell can teach me a lot as a footballer as well as a human being. I will come to know a different mentality and learn another language. The same goes for all my family.

"It is not easy for me to be leaving Juventus. Juventus is Juventus and, moreover, I have come to love Italy. But the situation there has developed in recent weeks that I would hardly make it into the squad of 18 or 20 players.

"I have decided to leave and Fulham are an excellent option."

Reports on Sunday also suggested that Cottagers' boss Martin Jol is preparing to make a £5 million move for Crystal Palace's highly-rated teenage striker Wilfried Zaha.

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