Jol aiming to extend Dembele deal at Fulham

The 17-year-old talent has attracted the attention of Liverpool and Manchester United, but his boss is aiming to keep the youngster at Craven Cottage beyond his current contract
Fulham manager Martin Jol has outlined his aim to keep starlet Moussa Dembele at Craven Cottage and develop his promising talent.

The 17-year-old, who has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United, is yet to make a senior appearance for Fulham and was an unused substitute in the 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.

Jol believes Dembele is settled at the west London club, and has hinted that a contract extension beyond his current deal - which has two years remaining - could be in the offing.

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"Dembele came in two years ago and is still under contract," the Dutchman told the Fulham Chronicle.

"He's only 17 now, but he's strong and scores goals every match. I took him up to the Under-21s already.

"The boy loves it here. The only thing we've got to do is in the next couple of years to keep him here."

Dembele, capped at under-17 level for France, joined Fulham from Paris Saint-Germain and has risen to prominence with his prolific goalscoring form in the youth-team ranks at Craven Cottage.

The Frenchman netted five goals in his first four games for the Under-21s side.