Fulham FC's Moussa Dembélé is set on leaving the West London side this summer, with the 19-year-old already deciding not to agree to a new contract and hoping to catch on with a Premier League side instead. He had been linked with the likes of Spurs and Liverpool, but he's also been spotted at Stamford Bridge recently, presumably as a precursor to a potential move nextdoor.
Former Chelsea player and current Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has, for the first time, admitted the same and revealed that despite his side's struggles, he opted against starting the 17-goal forward over the weekend.
"It's very simple. Dembele is one of my two best players. I am sure he is not going to be my player next season."
"I don't see him so focused for this game. It was my decision to try with an extra midfielder and be a bit more solid, and I didn't find it here. So we have to search for the right way."
-Slavisa Jokanovic; source: Get West London
Sitting safely in the last non-relegation spot in the Championship, Fulham were spanked 3-0 by fellow West Londoners Brentford.
It sounds like Dembélé's head is fully on the next, rather than in the now. Which is perhaps not the most professional approach to the situation, but it does further confirm that he will be available this summer should we choose to pick him up for a small fee (set by the transfer tribunal as Dembélé is under 24) and add him to the already existing logjam of talent. That said, and this has been our motto for some time, you can never have too many talented kids in the Academy and the youth/loan system.