Dembele explains choosing Fulham over Birmingham
Former AZ Alkmaar star Dembele, 23, snubbed a move to Birmingham to become Hughes’ first signing at Craven Cottage.
And he claims it was his gut instinct that made him choose west London over the Midlands.
“I was also very positive about joining Birmingham but there was something that made me think maybe I will enjoy it more at Fulham,” he said. “But it wasn’t like I rejected Birmingham – Fulham and Birmingham are both good clubs who are ambitious.
“It was just the little details that made me choose Fulham. My first impression of English football is good.
“I thought it was going to be kick the ball and run after it – but Fulham play good football and the game is faster here and I like it like that.”