Marco Silva says he has seen no signs that young Fulham star Fabio Carvalho has been affected by recent contract speculation.

The teenager, whose current Craven Cottage contract expires at the end of this season, has been linked with a move to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as several leading Premier League clubs after taking the Championship by storm. But Silva says such speculation is part of the modern game and believes it hasn’t hindered the precocious playmaker in recent weeks.

The Fulham head coach told his press conference this morning:

“All the speculation is for him to deal with. He’s a professional football player and he’s mature for his age. If he’s getting all this speculation he’s doing something that is good.

I don’t know what’s happened out of then training ground with the people who are backing him – but I hope everyone stays on the same page, and advise Fabio in the right way. He’s a young player who needs it. But I’m not seeing on a daily basis any different to the player he was at the beginning of the season – hungry, and happy to enjoy what he does.”