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Fulham have loaned Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 28-year-old joined Fulham from Dutch side FC Twente in 2011 for a fee reportedly in excess of £10 million ($16.4 million, 12.1 million euros), but he has played only twice since Rene Meulensteen became coach in December.


"The club can confirm that Bryan Ruiz has joined Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven on a loan deal until the end of the season," read a statement from Fulham.


"Having made 14 appearances for the Whites in the current campaign, Ruiz will now link up with Phillip Cocu's side as they aim to improve on their current standing of seventh in the Eredivisie."


Ruiz, who will captain Costa Rica at this year's World Cup, first moved to Europe in 2006 when he joined Belgian club Ghent. He moved to Twente three years later. Meanwhile, Meulensteen has revealed that Fulham have failed with an approach for West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison.


Speaking after his side's 3-0 win over Norwich City in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday, the Dutchman said: "We have put in a bid for Ravel Morrison that has been knocked back.


"It's back to (Fulham chief executive) Alistair Mackintosh and we'll see what happens."


Meulensteen worked with Morrison during his previous role as a coach at Manchester United and he expressed confidence that the 20-year-old wanted to move to Craven Cottage.


"Yes, I think he does want to come," Meulensteen said. "He would add pace, power, unpredictability, and a real attacking threat."


Fulham are currently in 16th place in the Premier League table, a point above the relegation zone.

 
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“I leave because I have the guts,” said Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, minutes before starting his journey to the Netherlands Eredivisie and begin his new stage with FC Twente, the club that paid $5 million for the talented 20-year old.

 

After the 2011 U-20 World Cup, Edson Rivera left Atlas to play for Sporting Braga, Taufic Guarch went to play for Espanyol B, and Ulises Dávila became the first Mexican player to sign a contract with Chelsea FC. Rivera is back with Atlas, without a secure starting spot, Taufic Guarch plays for Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico’s Second Division, and Dávila has only played minutes for Chelsea’s youth teams and likely to play another season in Spain’s Second Division.

 

Two years later after another U-20 World Cup, not a bright one for Mexico because of the ways the team qualified to the Round of Sixteen and lost against Spain 1-2, Corona travels to Netherlands to make a name for himself in a club that finished sixth place last season in the Eredivisie.

 

When Carlos Salcido and Francisco Javier “Maza” Rodríguez made the jump to the Dutch league, they were players with miles on them, both had played important minutes with the absolute national team, Maza even had participated in the Athens Olympics, which by the way was a poor one for Ricardo Lavolpe’s U-23. When Héctor Moreno went to AZ Alkmaar, he left Pumas as league champions and had on his resume a U-17 and U-20 World Cup alongside the Velas and Giovanis.

 

Dávila went on loan to Dutch club Vitesse after his Chelsea transfer was confirmed, but he hardly played. Only two games saw Dávila show his talents as center/left midfielder. Perhaps, Dávila spent more time learning and polishing his English in Arnhem than playing on the pitch.  

 
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