Following his wonder-goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami has garnered much more attention around Europe.
Juventus have long been admirers of the 21-year-old, but Martin Jol has told them to back off until he proves he’s worthy of a big-money bid.
“Kasami is still not the best player in England, but in two or three years he could be a big player” said Jol. “Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That’d be good for everyone.”
The Fulham manager also revealed that Kasami has a soccer-first, money-second attitude that has paid serious dividends.
Jol told the press that during Kasami’s loan spell with Swiss side FC Luzern last year, he was supposed to receive half his wages from Fulham and half from Luzern. However, the Raiffeisen Super League side failed to come up with the money to pay Kasami the other half of his wages, so he “paid” them himself – essentially playing for only half his promised compensation.
“Kasami was the first player who went on loan who paid his own wages” revealed Jol. “That was incredible. Lucerne had a very good player when he went over there. That was the first time in my career I experienced that. We paid 50 per cent and the other club were supposed to pay the other half, but they didn’t, so he paid.”
The Swiss midfielder smashed home a goal-of-the-season contender against Palace, chesting down a long ball from the back and rifling home from well outside the box before the ball even had a chance to touch the ground.