Costa Rican attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz has agreed to join PSV Eindhoven on loan for the rest of the season after a disappointing season and a half in the Premier League with Fulham.
Purchased in August 2011 for £10.6m by the now-departed manager Martin Jol, big things were expected from the 28-year-old. However, Ruiz has failed to live up to expectations and scored just eight goals for the Cottagers in 68 appearances.
Before moving to London, Ruiz starred for FC Twente. Twente signed the Costa Rican for €5 from Belgian side Racing Genk, and the player signed a four-year contract. In the Eredivisie, he netted 35 times in 65 games thus earning him the admirations of Martin Jol.
This past week, new Fulham boss René Meulensteen while talking to the BBC, he stated that Ruiz would be allowed to leave in this transfer window due to the player’s demands to play first team football: “We have allowed Bryan Ruiz to talk to a number of clubs to see if something can come out of that.
“Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good player. I’ve come in, I’ve looked at the squad, worked with these players, I’ve picked my teams on what I think are the right reasons and motivations, but I can also understand Bryan’s point of view.
“He is a good player, has a World Cup coming up and he obviously needs to play, but I can’t, like with any other player, guarantee that.”
PSV Technical Director Marcel Brands tonight has spoke to Eindhoven’s Dagblad and confirmed that the player has agreed to join PSV. The Eindhoven club has no option to buy Ruiz, but they will pay Fulham a €1m fee to loan the player and will now apply for a work permit. Tomorrow, Ruiz will travel to Eindhoven to finalize deal.
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