Ryan Sessegnon’s long-term development is better served by staying at Fulham than joining a Premier League club, the Cottagers’ head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has told talkSPORT this afternoon.

The Serbian insisted the teenager, who has scored thirteen goals in 39 appearances for Fulham this year after breaking into the first team as a sixteen year-old last season, had the talent to reach the very job and insisted that Craven Cottage was the best place for Sessegnon, who is coveted by top clubs across Europe, to continue to progress. Jokanovic told the radio station:

Many people are talking about him, he is growing up as a player and a person too. I believe at this moment he can grow playing here, rather than with a top five Premier League club. I think we can give him what needs and I am proud and I’m happy that he is here with us.

Jokanovic lauded the seventeen year-old starlet’s work ethic and eagerness to learn, even joking that Sessegnon is so far physically fit that could have been made to order in a factory.

I enjoy working with him a lot. He has a great capacity to learn, he trains well and his physicality is fantastic – it’s like he comes from a factory. He’s fighting with strong adult players and at his age it is not easy, but he’s doing a fantastic job.