Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has admitted ‘time will tell’ if he deserves a permanent move to Serie A outfit Napoli, saying he isn’t currently thinking about his contract in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss.
The 25-year-old pushed for a move away from Craven Cottage after the west London side’s relegation, notifying the English side’s officials of his intention to leave the club and being left out of their opening league game against Middlesbrough because of this.
However, manager Marco Silva decided to recall the Cameroon international for the next three games, coming off the bench against Huddersfield Town, Millwall and Hull City before being an unused substitute against Stoke City at the end of August.
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This was the last time he was seen in the Cottagers’ matchday squad, leaving the club temporarily to join Napoli three days later on transfer deadline day and signing a one-year extension at Craven Cottage shortly before his departure.
But after seeing Fulham bring in Nathaniel Chalobah on the same day, arriving from Watford on a permanent deal, there are huge doubts over his future with the second-tier side with Jean Michael Seri, Harrison Reed and Josh Onomah available as other options in the middle of the park.
After remaining silent about his Fulham future during the summer, Anguissa has finally spoken out about his mindset and said to Radio Kiss Kiss (via Tribal Football): “I immediately realised that Naples would be the right choice for me because I immediately felt everyone’s trust, when the proposal arrived, I did not think twice to accept.
“At this moment, I don’t think about the contract. I’m interested in playing: time will tell if I deserve to move here permanently.
“I am very happy to be here in Naples. We will see what happens, but now I think of the field and give my best every time I play.”
Only a Premier League return would make it a real possibility for the midfielder to make a return, but you have to wonder whether he’s already burnt his bridges at Craven Cottage after stating his desire to leave.
Not only that, but the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Jean-Michael Seri will also do a good job in his place and Tom Cairney may also make his return from injury at some point, potentially playing in a deeper position under a new manager.
As per Gazzetta dello Sport (Via Sport Witness), there is a €15m option to make this deal permanent and after seeing Daniele Adani label the 25-year-old as the ‘best midfielder in Serie A’ with his recent performances, it would be hard to see Luciano Spalletti’s side not take up that option as things stand.
Anguissa is right to be cautious on his future though, because he will need to retain his consistency if he wants to secure a move to a side that are likely to be playing European football for the foreseeable future.
So although he signed a new one-year extension just before signing for Napoli, it would be hard to see him stay in the capital beyond next summer, unless former interested side Arsenal come calling.