Joao Palhinha addresses Bayern Munich ‘dream’ after signing new Fulham contract

Committed: Palhinha insists his focus is on Fulham  (Getty Images)
Committed: Palhinha insists his focus is on Fulham (Getty Images)

Joao Palhinha says playing for Bayern Munich was one of his “dreams” but insists he will put it out of his mind after signing a new contract at Fulham.

The 28-year-old midfielder penned a new five-year deal in south west London on Thursday, which includes the option of a further 12 months.

Bayern remain keen on signing Palhinha after he arrived in Germany to complete a medical on deadline day a fortnight ago, only for the £60million deal to collapse after Fulham failed to sign a replacement.

Palhinha admitted it was his dream to join a Champions League club like Bayern on Fulham’s official channel.

Palhinha said: “I can’t lie, in football, we all have dreams and those are to play in the Champions League and for the best clubs in the world.

“People need to see and understand that as well but I also want to say I have all respect and I am really happy to be here as well.

“The move didn’t happen and now I am just focused on Fulham again. I will focus on my work and give everything I can like I have done in the past. If I am honest, I got this opportunity [to move to Bayern] because of my teammates, without them it might not have happened.

“I only have 100 percent commitment to this club and full respect for the fans who support me. I will give everything I have inside and outside of the field. I am ready to start again to give my best and achieve good things.”

Harrison Reed also signed a new four-year deal with the option of an added 12 months, which would keep him at Craven Cottage until 2028.