Slavisa Jokanovic feels he will persuade Moussa Dembele to stay with Fulham for at least another season.

The French forward was close to joining Tottenham in January until a £6m move fell through and Dembele has so far yet to put pen to paper on a Craven Cottage contract extension with his current deal expiring in the summer. The teenage starlet has scored sixteen goals this season in a prolific partnership with Ross McCormack and Jokanovic hopes that Dembele will follow the Scottish striker in committing his future to Fulham.

The Serbian head coach said: “I believe there is a possibility to get Moussa to stay. I know it’s his decision; his agent’s and his family around him. He’s a very clever guy; he’s very young, and 100 per cent he has a future in front of him. What Fulham can offer him can be the best way for him.

“He has a career which is 16 years more, and he has to make a choice as to how he travels these 16 years. He needs to be very clever and choose what’s best for him. What’s best for him, is best for us too, and so he can play a season more in the club. Moussa is a Fulham boy and Fulham gave him many things.

I’m not so sentimental about this. But he can decide to give us something and we will give him something back. It’s still better here for him here in the future.”