Andre Frank Anguissa was left out of Fulham’s opening Championship fixture against Middlesbrough yesterday because he wants to leave the club, according to a report from the Athletic’s Peter Rutzler.

The Cameroonian midfielder told Marco Silva of his desire to leave Craven Cottage on Friday and the Fulham head coach decided to omit the 25 year-old out of his matchday squad. Silva has been clear that he only wants to use players who are fully committed to Fulham’s aim of returning to the top flight at the first attempt and Anguissa made clear that he does not wish to play in the Championship.

He had previously been loaned to Villarreal when Fulham were relegated from the Premier League and, despite playing in the final pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic last month, now looks set to exit before the end of the summer transfer window. Fulham rejected a loan offer from Valenica last week – largely because the Spanish side were not willing to pay a loan fee for Anguissa’s services – and reports from the Italian press have suggested that Roma are monitoring the midfielder closely. The Londoners are rumoured to holding out for an offer that meets their £21m valuation.

Australian midfielder Tyrese Francois made his first league start in Anguissa’s absence, playing more than seventy minutes in central midfield as Silva’s side started their Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.