Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a significant blow in their race to sign Fulham winger Patrick Roberts, according to Get West London.
FLW reported last year that Arsenal and United were pursuing a move for the highly-rated midfielder, but a move failed to materialise in the transfer window.
Roberts looks set to sign a new four-year deal at Craven Cottage, subsequently dashing the hopes of signing the 18-year-old for the Premier League duo.
Speaking to Get West London, Fulham boss Kit Symons said:
“I think you’ve got to be mindful of where young players are physically and mentally.
“Pat’s very much still developing. You’ve got to protect and nurture these players in every way. Great talent and potential is nothing unless you can get it fulfilled, and we need to find a pathway for Pat to do that.
“Pat’s got a another year on his current contract after this I believe. But with all players we’re looking to bring on, we’ll look to tie up with contracts for sure.”
Roberts, who can operate as a winger or striker has a contract that runs out in 2016, and he looks set to extend his stay at the Championship club.
The 18-year-old did manage to accumulate a few appearances in the Premier League for Fulham during the latter stages of the 2013/14 season, and was impressive in his cameo appearances.
Fulham currently sit in 20th position in the Sky Bet Championship, having accumulated 43 points from 39 league games.
It has been a disastrous season for Kit Symons’ men, so keeping the likes of Patrick Roberts in the summer could prove vital to a much better season in the next campaign.