Stekelenburg departs Fulham during opening game of the season

Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has left Fulham on a season long loan deal to Monaco, with the transfer announced during Fulham’s opening day defeat to Ipswich.

Stekelenburg was not considered for the match due to the near certainty that he would not end the summer transfer window as a Fulham player, and that was proved midway through the game as the Sky Sports commentary team were able to announce that the player had left the club to join Monaco.

Fulham coach Felix Magath appears unconcerned about the departure of the Dutch goalkeeper who was number one for his country at Euro 2012 but missed out entirely on this summer’s World Cup. Magath said, “He’s a player that wants to leave and I’m not a manager who cares about players who don’t identify with the club.”

Stekelenburg will hope that the move can inspire a change in fortune in what has been a bad couple of seasons for the player as he first lost his place at Roma, before moving to Fulham where he only made 11 appearances last season. David Stockdale has now taken his place in the team, while Jasper Cillessen of Ajax, Newcastle’s Tim Krul and new Tottenham singing Michel Vorm all moved ahead of him in the thoughts of Louis Van Gaal in the national team.

Moncao had been expected to sign a high profile goalkeeper this summer, with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes expected to move on a free transfer before injury scuppered the move. Stekelenburg will compete with Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic for the number one spot.

Updated: August 10, 2014 — 6:00 pm
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