Fulham are set to retain the services of teenage full-back Ryan Sessegnon despite serious interest from a number of Premier League clubs, according to a report in tonight’s Evening Standard.
The England youth international, who made his first-team debut in the EFL Cup victory over Leyton Orient earlier this month, has been watched by a number of leading top flight sides but Fulham have won the battle to keep hold of him beyond the August transfer window. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and most prominently Tottenham have been watching the 16 year-old closely but Fulham’s youngest-ever goalscorer is happy at Craven Cottage and has been pleased by his rapid integration into the first-team set-up under Slavisa Jokanovic.
The Serbian head coach has been reluctant to talk publicly about his young star for fear of placing too much pressure on Sessegnon, who only collected his GCSE results last week. Fulham have been delighted with Sessegnon’s progress after a successful pre-season campaign which saw him star on his first league start for the club at Leeds United, score against Cardiff City and help the Whites keep a clean sheet at Blackburn Rovers last Saturday, which saw Fulham extend their unbeaten start to the new season.
Fulham are hopeful of securing Sessegnon, whose twin brother Steven is also highly part of the club’s Motspur Park academy, to his first professional contract when he turns 17.