Marco Silva will try his best to get Cyrus Christie first-team football this month as the full back seeks to leave Fulham.

The 29-year-old full-back has made one appearance under Silva after the new Fulham boss deemed himself surplus to requirements in the summer. The Republic of Ireland international has spoken publicly of his hope to leave Craven Cottage during this transfer window after spending much of the season training by himself and losing his international place in November.

The Fulham coach told today’s press conference that appreciated Christie’s position.

“It’s normal that he wants to play. From the beginning of the season he knew my opinion about the situation. I started the season with five right-backs and this is not normal in a squad. I decided in that period what they will be. Kenny [Tete] and Denis [Odoi] were the first choices for the position and since the market was closed Cyrus was back with us. He played one Carabao game and did well. I respected that but the others, I had made my decision, they were on top and playing more.

“I expect a player like Christie wants to play more and that’s a normal thing. Anything we can do to help him as a club and as a manager we will do because it is a normal decision for him to want to play.”