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Tyrese Francois has turned down Fulham’s offer of a new contract, according to the Athletic.

The Australian midfielder, currently sidelined with a hip complaint, had impressed Marco Silva after the Portuguese head coach took over from Scott Parker at Craven Cottage this summer. Francois, who made his Premier League debut on the final day of last season as a substitute against Newcastle, started the opening game of the new campaign against Middlesbrough in central midfield and played in the League Cup at Birmingham City before slipping down the pecking order following Jean Michael Seri’s return to the side.

The 21 year-old’s current deal expires at the end of this season and Francois, who missed out on the Australian Olympic squad earlier this summer, is believed to be keen to find first team football to further his career.