Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says he is hopeful Ryan Sessegnon can be persuaded to sign a new long-term contract. The 18-year-old was a key part of Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, having been voted the Championship player of the year.
This season he has tasted top-flight football for the first time, keeping his place in the side despite Jokanovic making a host of new signings.
The club said in the summer that the talented youngster was not for sale and now Jokanovic says he wants to keep Sessegnon at Craven Cottage for the long term.
At a press conference ahead of the side’s trip to face Everton this weekend, Jokanovic said: “It’s not in my hands but I believe everyone knows he is important.
For my side 100 per cent I will support and encourage the player to sign a new contract with us. “I believe it’s a great idea and I can only encourage Ryan to sign. “After this it is in the hands of Sessegnon’s family, agent and people around him.
I will be satisfied if he makes this step. I hope we will find a way for him.” The Fulham boss also used the press conference to state that
Harvey Elliott will not become a first-team regular this season.
The winger made an appearance in midweek in the EFL Cup aged just 15 years and 174 days and Jokanovic said that while he is a talented player with a big future in the game, he will not be rushed into the first-team squad.
Fulham are 4.50 to win at Goodison Park with Everton 1.75 and the draw 4.00. Aleksandar Mitrovic is 26.00 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season having scored five so far this campaign.