Promotion would be best way to keep Sessegnon – says Jokanovic

Date published: Thursday 11th May 2017 3:33

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes that if his side want to keep Ryan Sessegnon then it could depend on whether the Cottagers can secure promotion.

The young prodigy has been  linked with a host of leading clubs following an outstanding debut season in the Sky Bet Championship at the age of just 16.

Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea are among the Premier League sides reported to have monitored the rookie winger’s situation.

Sessegnon’s sizzling form helped Fulham into the play-offs, where they will host Reading in the semi-final first leg on Saturday.

And Jokanovic knows the youngster’s future may hinge on results in the next couple of weeks as Fulham chase a top-flight place.

“If we get promoted, it’s the best way to keep him,” he said.

“I’ve talked many times about him and personally I believe he is in the right place, he doesn’t need to change in this moment.

“It will depend on different sides. For myself, I think we will fight to be working with him next season.

“Ryan Sessegnon is fully committed with us and is working hard.”

Jokanovic insists he will have no qualms about pitching the youngster into the pressure of the play-offs.

A Wembley showdown with Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield awaits the winners, in a match which last season was reckoned to be worth £170million.

“This player is a strong character, I don’t have any problem putting him in the team in this game,” added Jokanovic.

“He showed in the past he can play with all kinds of pressure, if he is in the team it won’t be strange.

“He will be a special player in the future. Right now he is a good project and has huge space in front of him to improve.

“He works very well and is only 16 but his mind is like an experienced player. He has a bright future.”

Fulham will be without defensive duo Ragnar Sigurdsson and Michael Madl through injury for Saturday’s clash at Craven Cottage.

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