Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has this morning signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2020.

The academy graduate, who joined Fulham as a 14 year-old, has notched up 145 senior appearances at the age of 25, with 69 of those coming for his boyhood club since he kept a clean sheet at Brentford on his Fulham debut in a 1-0 win at Griffin Park in August 2014. Bettinelli’s start to the new campaign has been disrupted by an untimely hamstring injury from which he recovered in time to face Bristol Rovers in the League Cup and there had been speculation that he might move on this summer.

Bettinelli, who had previously rebuffed serious interest from Chelsea, had been linked with switches to Bristol City and Nottingham Forest in July but told Fulham FCTV that he was delighted to put pen to paper on his new deal. The former England under-21 international said:

I’m obviously really, really happy. My heart was always here. I’ve been here a long time now, I love playing for this Club and I’m just thankful that I’ve signed a new contract.