Fulham’s director of football Tony Khan has announced that the club’s prized asset Ryan Sessegnon will be staying at Craven Cottage until at least the end of the season.
Sessegnon, who has been heavily linked with moves to either Manchester United or Tottenham during the current transfer window, has agreed to continue his development with Fulham, according to a statement that Khan, also a vice chairman at the west London club owned by his father Shahid Khan, gave to the Telegraph tonight. The 17 year-old has played every game of Fulham’s Championship campaign to date and continued his meteoric rise that began with his senior debut at Leyton Orient in the League Cup last August.
Khan told the Telegraph:
As it’s been the subject of a great deal of speculation, I’d like to announce that Ryan Sessegnon is staying with Fulham Football Club and will not be departing during this January transfer window. Ryan is a very important part of the Fulham family, and we’re grateful that he’ll be with us as we fight to achieve promotion this season.
Sessegnon, who helped England’s under 17 side win the European Championships last summer, has immensely valued the start in senior football given to him by Fulham’s head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, who has carefully managed his subsequent development. The teenager, whose Fulham family connections are strong with his twin brother Steven also on the club’s books, began the 2017/2018 at left back and has gradually moved further forward, memorably scoring an incredible hat-trick at Sheffield United in November.
Sessegnon, who turned down a whole host of Europe’s leading sides to turn professional with Fulham when he and Steven signed three-year deals last summer, has made 59 first-appearances for the Whites, already scoring fourteen goals. He still hopes to make it to the top flight with Fulham, who reached the play-off semi finals last season. Jokanovic’s side currently sit in tenth place in the Championship – four points off the top six.