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Jokanovic urges Sessegnon to remain at Fulham

last updated Wednesday 01st March 2017, 4:55 PM


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Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has urged Ryan Sessegnon to ignore lucrative contract offers from top clubs and remain at Craven Cottage.

The 16-year-old is one of the most sought after teenagers in world football after breaking into the Fulham first team this season.

Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have shown an interest in this country, while Bayern Munich, Juventus, Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring the situation.

Sessegnon is still on a youth contract, but will automatically be given his first professional deal by Fulham in May when he turns 17.

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That won’t stop clubs trying to acquire him in the summer, but Jokanovic has told the Roehampton-born youngster that playing regularly at the Championship club is more important than earning riches from  a big move.

He told Standard Sport: “In my opinion Ryan will earn a lot of money in his life, but he should just enjoy his first days as a professional with us now, at this level. In the future, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he will be at the highest level. In front of him is something like 18-20 years as a professional and it is better for him to go step by step.

“Ryan and those around him need support to make the best decision. From my side, the best thing is for him to stay with us, keep going in this learning process and keep preparing for a more important step.”

Fulham have lost one of their prize assets on the cheap before, when Moussa Dembele’s contract ran out and he joined Celtic for just £500,000 last summer.

When asked if Fulham will definitely keep Sessegnon, Jokanovic said: “This is a job for the club. I can only tell him that he will improve if he works and stays with us. This is how I will try to convince him to stay with the club. “He is a quiet lad, but his mind is clear. He is focused on improving  and being ready for the games in front of us.”























Source Simon Johnson at Evening Standard

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