Fulham have offered goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli a new four-year contract, according to Sky Sports.
The Fulham academy graduate was expected to start the new season as the club’s first choice custodian but suffered an untimely hamstring injury against Wolfsburg a week before the start of the campaign. He had re-established himself as Slavisa Jokanovic’s first choice goalkeeper during the Championship run-in after David Button had been dropped following a series of mistakes.
Bettinelli, now 25, has previously been capped by England at under-21 level and has been at Craven Cottage since the age of 14. After successful loan spells with Dartford and Accrington Stanley, he made his Fulham debut in the 1-0 League Cup win at Brentford and made the senior goalkeeping spot his own when Kit Symons replaced Felix Magath. The Camberwell-born goalkeeper has now made 68 senior appearances for the Whites.
Bettinelli has been the subject of repeated interest from Chelsea, but already snubbed their advances when he signed a four-year deal back in 2014. More recently, both Bristol City and Nottingham Forest have seen approaches turned down this summer and Bettinelli is understood to be very keen to stay at Craven Cottage and further his development.