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Fulham will begin discussions over a new contract with Joe Bryan to ensure he stays at Craven Cottage, according to reports this morning.

Leeds United and Leicester City have been heavily linked with moves for the former Bristol City left back, whose brilliant brace at Wembley secured an immediate return to the Premier League for Scott Parker’s side. There had been suggestions in the press that the Whites would listen to extortionate offers for Bryan after the acquisition of Antonee Robinson from Wigan, but the Londoners are keen to keep him at the club and encourage competition for places.

Bryan’s current contract has two years to run – with Fulham retaining an option to extend it for a further year – and the player has spoken about having unfinished business in the top flight after being part of the side that was relegated in 2019. He was Parker’s first choice at left back for most of the season and has made 80 first-team appearances for Fulham, scoring four goals. The newly-promoted side rebuffed a string of offers for the attacking full-back in January, with Southampton, Leicester and Atalanta among the suitors.