Fulham and Giorgos Karagounis have made a sensational return by agreeing a new contract that will see the midfielder play for the club for one more season. The Greek midfielder was signed by the club on a free transfer only a year ago. He was one of the best players for the club in an otherwise dull season. Fulham decided not to extend the contract of the 36-year-old, who made 28 appearances in the Premier league last season. He was a free transfer from Greek club Panathinaikos. After his release from Fulham, the 36-year-old was linked with several clubs across Europe especially after his good performances with the Premier league outfit.
However, Fulham have made a sensational U-turn by offering him a new deal, which has been accepted by the player as well. This will see Karagounis play for Fulham until the summer of 2014. Fulham finished 12th in the Premier league last season. They were recently subjected to a takeover bid from a US owner. This will bring an end to the 16 year spell for the Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed. Karagounis has made the most number of appearances for the Greece national team, and his experience will be a major boost for Fulham in the coming season.
Despite being at the twilight of his career, the 36-year-old managed to win the Fans’ Player of the Season award at Fulham last year. He was only recently linked with a move to Australian club Melbourne Victory. Karagounis has played for the likes of Inter Milan and Benfica during his stellar career. He was part of the Greek team that managed to win the Euro 2004 in one of the more surprising fashions. In total, he has made 125 appearances for the national team. Martin Jol is yet to break the bank by signing high profile players.