Matt O’Riley has decided to stay with Fulham until the end of his contract rather than seek a move elsewhere this summer, according to reports this afternoon.
The talented central midfielder, who is highly regarded as one of the best prospects to come through the club’s academy in recent years, has been watched by scouts from a number of leading English and European clubs over the course of the last year in the expectation that he would move away from Craven Cottage to seek more frequent first team football.
The 18 year-old starred for Fulham’s under 23 side for much of last season but his only appearance for the senior side came as a late substitute in a League Cup second round win at Millwall in September. O’Riley is understood to be eager to learn from Fulham boss Scott Parker, who included him in the squad for the club’s first pre-season friendly against Cambridge United on Saturday, and will see out his current contract, which expires next summer.
O’Riley will hope to force his way into Parker’s Championship plans for the forthcoming season. The England youth international has made seven first-team appearances for the Whites since being handed his debut by Slavisa Jokanovic in Fulham’s League Cup win at Wycombe Wanderers in August 2017. He has been linked with the links of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool in the past. O’Riley’s decision will come as a major boost to Fulham, who are widely expected to lose other highly-regarded youngsters like Ryan Sessegnon and Harvey Elliott this summer.