Slavisa Jokanovic says he wants to keep hold of his key players – including French striker Moussa Dembele – as he looks to guide Fulham away from the lower reaches of the Championship.
The Serbian head coach has explicitly stated that he is not considering selling either of the forwards whose goals have helped Fulham establish the league’s best attacking record. Newspaper reports over the past week have linked several sides with a January move for Ross McCormack, whilst this weekend the tabloids suggested that the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham were poised to offer big money for French youth international Dembele.
This teams need fresh blood and we are thinking about players who can help us in the future. I am not thinking about selling my key players like McCormack or Dembele. They are good players. I have only been working with them for two days but I expect both can offer more than they did against Sheffield Wednesday.
Convincing Dembele to commit his future to Fulham, though, might be Jokanovic’s toughest task. The 19 year-old has been offered a new four-year contract by the club but has so far shown little intention of signing it. He could leave the club once his current deal expires in June and, although Fulham have insisted they have no desire to sell him, the compensation they may receive from a transfer in the summer could drop dramatically should Dembele, who has scored ten goals so far this season, decide to return the continent rather than remain in England.