Fulham midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen has said he was flattered to be linked with Aston Villa but is happy at Fulham.
The 20-year-old midfielder’s impressive form in his debut season led to rumours of a January move to the Premier League, with Villa said to be closely monitoring him.
But Christensen, who missed the final two months of the campaign with hamstring trouble, said he would prefer to stay and help Fulham into the top flight.
He told Fulham’s digital magazine, Fultime: “It would have been stupid for me to go in January. I’d only just got in the team and I still have lots to learn and do.
“I heard a bit from the lads [about the Villa rumours] but there was no way I was going to leave in January.
“It’s nice people saying that – anyone would be lying if they said it isn’t nice to get that appreciation from clubs in the best division.
“I’ve been at this club for a fairly long time and when you’re connected to a club you want to see them do well.
“I want to see Fulham back in the Premier League. That’s all I’m thinking about.”
Christensen added he was confident the Whites could be in the promotion race next season despite finishing 17th in the Championship this time around.
He said: “The Premier League has to be the goal for any player. Fulham is a Premier League club if you ask me.
“All the players here have that aim to get to the top flight. What makes it so hard is that 23 other teams have that same aim.
“It’s not just us who can’t do it in one season after getting relegated. It’s a transitional process, reshaping the team for the future.
“That’s what we’re doing now and hopefully we’ll look to be up there next year.”