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Kevin McDonald is in talks with Fulham about extending his stay at Craven Cottage, according to reports this morning.

The Scottish international has moved into the final year of his current deal with the Whites and Fulham are keen to tie the experienced midfielder down to a long-term contract. Should the current discussions prove successful, McDonald would join club captain Tom Cairney and defender Tim Ream in committing his future to Fulham this summer. The club are keen to retain their key players ahead of their return to the top flight next month.

The 29 year-old has been a revelation playing in front of Slavisa Jokanovic’s back four since joining Fulham from Wolves in August 2016. His reading of the game, robust tackling and precise passing made him a perfect fit for the midfield that Jokanovic reshaped and McDonald played a key role as Fulham won promotion via the play-offs, narrowly beating Aston Villa at Wembley back in May.

McDonald, who has previous top flight experience with Burnley, is highly valued at Fulham for his leadership qualities and importance in the dressing room. He has become a firm favourite with the fans and his team-mates alike, making 94 appearances and scoring six goals in his two years in west London. The experienced midfielder has sat out Fulham’s first two pre-season friendlies with a minor injury, but is expected to feature during Fulham’s tour of France this week.