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O’Riley to leave Fulham in summer

Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley will leave Craven Cottage in the summer after rejecting a new contract, according to a Sky Sports report this evening.

The former England youth international has turned down a proposed three-year deal and decided to move elsewhere in search of more first-team football. The 19 year-old has been tracked by a number of European clubs over the past few seasons and is understood to have grown frustrated by a lack of senior opportunities this term. Having played in Fulham’s League Cup defeat by Southampton in August, he came on as a first-half substitute in the Whites’ 2-1 home defeat by Reading on New Year’s Day, only to be substituted by Scott Parker in the closing stages.

O’Riley had been one of Fulham’s mostly highly-rated young prospects having joined the club at the age of eight. He was handed a professional debut by Slavisa Jokanovic as part of a youthful side that faced Wycombe in the EFL Cup in August 2017, but has struggled to kick on as Fulham signed midfield reinforcements. The talented midfielder has been watched by a number of German clubs this term and also has interest from Belgium as well as several Championship sides.

O’Riley to remain with Fulham

Matt O’Riley has decided to stay with Fulham until the end of his contract rather than seek a move elsewhere this summer, according to reports this afternoon.

The talented central midfielder, who is highly regarded as one of the best prospects to come through the club’s academy in recent years, has been watched by scouts from a number of leading English and European clubs over the course of the last year in the expectation that he would move away from Craven Cottage to seek more frequent first team football.

The 18 year-old starred for Fulham’s under 23 side for much of last season but his only appearance for the senior side came as a late substitute in a League Cup second round win at Millwall in September. O’Riley is understood to be eager to learn from Fulham boss Scott Parker, who included him in the squad for the club’s first pre-season friendly against Cambridge United on Saturday, and will see out his current contract, which expires next summer.

O’Riley will hope to force his way into Parker’s Championship plans for the forthcoming season. The England youth international has made seven first-team appearances for the Whites since being handed his debut by Slavisa Jokanovic in Fulham’s League Cup win at Wycombe Wanderers in August 2017. He has been linked with the links of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool in the past. O’Riley’s decision will come as a major boost to Fulham, who are widely expected to lose other highly-regarded youngsters like Ryan Sessegnon and Harvey Elliott this summer.

Fulham starlet O’Riley signs professional contract

Matt O’Riley celebrated his seventeenth birthday by signing his first professional contract with Fulham this morning.

The England youth international, who has made two senior appearances for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side since making his first-team debut in the 2-0 win at Wycombe in the League Cup first round back in August, put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Motspur Park. The Hounslow-born midfielder, who has been with Fulham since the age of eight and has been tracked by Arsenal and Manchester City since starring in the Whites academy set-up, told the club’s official website of his delight at cementing his future at Craven Cottage.

Obviously this is one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. It’s a great day for me and my family. I’ve been here since I was eight-years-old. This means a lot to me and I am just looking forward to kicking on now.