Fulham have completed the signing of defender Calum Chambers from fellow Premier League side Arsenal on a season-long loan deal.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 7, 2018
Chambers is known to be a versatile player who can play at right-back and defensive midfield as well.
Fulham’s Director of football, Tony Khan said: “I’m very pleased to announce that Calum Chambers has joined Fulham Football Club on loan. Calum is a versatile defender with Premier League experience, and the combination of his strong data profile and the positive reports from our scouting department confirm that he’s a tremendous talent. We fully expect Calum to contribute and are very happy to welcome him to our squad. Come on Fulham!”
The English defender came through the famed Southampton academy, making his first-team debut as a 17-year-old in 2012. In the 2013/14 season, he made 24 appearances for Southampton and earned a move to Arsenal the same year. With his brilliant performances, Chambers was nominated for the 2014 Golden Boy award alongside Luke Shaw, John Stones and the winner Raheem Sterling.
Chambers experienced a season-long loan at Middlesbrough in 2016/17, making 24 Premier League appearances. The centre-back signed a new contract with Arsenal last month, having made 82 appearances since joining the club from Southampton.
Unai Emery said: “Calum is a talented defender who has a bright future. We all believe this loan at Fulham will be an important part of his development and wish him a successful season.”
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 7, 2018
Chambers made his England debut in 2014 and has since earned 3 caps for the senior team. The defender also won numerous caps for the youth teams up to Under-21 level.
Chambers told the club’s website: “I’m really excited. I watched a lot of Fulham last season, I really like the way they play football, there’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead. Everyone can see that Fulham’s a club that likes to play football, play football from the back, through the lines. That’s the style of football I like as well, so I think it fits me and suits the way I play.”
Delighted to have signed for @FulhamFC on a year long loan! I felt this was the right thing to do at this point in my career and I’m up for the challenge! Wish everyone at @Arsenal the very best for the season! pic.twitter.com/B6CbSwwE0I
— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) August 7, 2018
Chambers becomes the 7th signing of the club this summer after the arrivals of Jean Michael Seri, Maxime Le Marchand, Fabri, Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Alfie Mawson.
Fulham faces Crystal Palace in their first Premier League game of the season on Saturday.