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Khan praise for departing Al Fayed

ESPN staff
July 13, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Shahid Khan has paid tribute to Mohamed Al Fayed after he took over from the 84-year-old as Fulham's new owner.

Fulham unveiled their new owner on Saturday, after confirming a deal, reported to be between £150 million and £200 million ($226-$300 million), had been agreed on Friday night.

Former Harrods owner Al Fayed's finances have helped to propel Fulham from a third-tier side to an established Premier League club since he took over in 1997.

And Khan, billionaire owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, has hailed the work done by Al Fayed in west London.

Khan said at Craven Cottage: "I think it (what Al Fayed has done) is incredible.

"The man rescued Fulham and had a great vision which he's shared with me. I think it's very, very important to all the Fulham fans.

"We have to respect history. I am going to listen to the fans and decide...but we have to make sure it's sustainable."

Asked for his thoughts on the takeover, Khan told Sky Sports News: "I think what has happened has been absolutely incredible, something I'm going to remember forever."

The Jaguars will play one regular season game a season at Wembley for the next four years and, comparing the clubs, Khan added: "These are true distinct clubs that will operate differently and independently - but there is a huge amount of synergy."

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