Sessegnon snubs top-flight interest to stay at Fulham

Despite the very real opportunity of taking a move to the Premier League, Ryan Sessegnon has signed his first professional contract and will stay at Fulham.

Rated as one of the best talents in English football, the 17-year-old has a host of admirers in the top-flight including the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Sessegnon had just a year left on his scholarship contract at the end of last season, and he was widely expected to leave the Craven Cottage club for a lucrative move this summer.

However, the England Under-19 international clearly feels the need of regular first team football is of the utmost importance, and has signed a three-year professional deal with his current club.

“I’m excited to see what’s in front of me at this club, hopefully we can push on,” he told the official club website. “I got a lot of opportunities from the gaffer, and I just want to continue.”

Sessegnon made his first team debut in the League Cup aged just 16 years and 81 days, before going on to make a total of 25 appearances in the Championship, scoring five goals.

Amidst all the speculation that the left fullback would be sold this summer, the board assured Slavisa Jokanovic this wouldn’t happen, and the manager is delighted to keep the youngster.

“I’m pleased that Ryan’s performances have been rewarded with his first professional contract with Fulham and he will continue to be part of our project in the future,” he said.

“He is an exceptional young player who has demonstrated loyalty and commitment by continuing to serve this club since his progression from the academy.”

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