Midfielder Matt Dibley-Dias has signed his first professional contract with Fulham, the club have confirmed this morning.

The seventeen year-old, who made nineteen appearances for Fulham’s under 18s scoring four goals as Steve Wigley’s side retained their league title, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Craven Cottage. Dibley-Dias, who had spells at West Ham and Brentford before moving to Motspur Park in the summer of 2016, has a significant Brazilian footballing family pedigree, with his grandfather playing for Flamengo and Corinthians in the 1950s and 1960s.

He told Fulham’s official website:

“I’m really pleased to extend my stay at the club. I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and have worked hard so I’m grateful to continue this journey. I think this is the best place for me to improve as a player and further my career as a footballer.”

Fulham’s head of football development, Huw Jennings, added:

We’re really happy with this because Matt’s a very good player in the making. He’s an intelligent midfielder who has had his challenges with injury, but he’s got great potential and will hopefully be back soon supporting our 18s and 23s. He’s got all the tools to be a really excellent footballer.”