Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has dealt some top Premier League clubs a blow by asserting that 16-year-old starlet Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold this summer, according to the Metro.
The England youth international has burst onto the scene this season with a string of impressive performances for the Cottagers, netting six goals in 26 games in all competitions for the West London outfit.
Unsurprisingly, the left-back’s sensational form has attracted interest from the upper echelons of the Premier League table, with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal all reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster.
However, Fulham boss Jokanovic, who himself has been linked with taking over at West Ham this summer should they sack Slaven Bilic, has dealt those aforementioned sides a severe blow by emphasising that the 16-year-old won’t be going anywhere in the upcoming transfer window.
He said: ‘Sessegnon will not be in the transfer market in the summer.’
The left-back became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Championship goal earlier this season by netting against Cardiff back in August, and then once again showed his class with a magnificent brace as Fulham swept aside league leaders Newcastle 3-1 last month.
However, with manager Jokanovic making himself clear with regards to Sessegnon’s future, they can now focus solely on trying to finish inside the Championship’s top six this term, and thus try and return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.
The Cottagers are currently seventh in the table but just two points adrift of the play-off positions, and face a tricky trip to Norwich City on Good Friday, with the Canaries fresh from thumping Reading 7-1 at Carrow Road last time out.