Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley will leave Craven Cottage in the summer after rejecting a new contract, according to a Sky Sports report this evening.
The former England youth international has turned down a proposed three-year deal and decided to move elsewhere in search of more first-team football. The 19 year-old has been tracked by a number of European clubs over the past few seasons and is understood to have grown frustrated by a lack of senior opportunities this term. Having played in Fulham’s League Cup defeat by Southampton in August, he came on as a first-half substitute in the Whites’ 2-1 home defeat by Reading on New Year’s Day, only to be substituted by Scott Parker in the closing stages.
O’Riley had been one of Fulham’s mostly highly-rated young prospects having joined the club at the age of eight. He was handed a professional debut by Slavisa Jokanovic as part of a youthful side that faced Wycombe in the EFL Cup in August 2017, but has struggled to kick on as Fulham signed midfield reinforcements. The talented midfielder has been watched by a number of German clubs this term and also has interest from Belgium as well as several Championship sides.