Tottenham interest has turned my striker's head and he is likely to leave says manager

By Coral Barry

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted he is planning for life without Tottenham target Moussa Dembele.

The striker has bagged 15 Championship goals in an excellent season for Fulham and has reportedly turned the heads of Premier League giants Tottenham and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Jokanovic left the talented 19-year-old on the bench for the 3-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday and revealed he did so because he felt Dembele has been distracted by the continuous speculation about a summer transfer move.

“Dembele is one of my two best players. I [usually] prefer to use him all the time” said Jokanovic after the game, as quoted by the Daily Express. “But I am not sure if Dembele is going to be my player next season.

“I didn’t see him so focused for this game and it’s my decision to try with more midfielders – try and be a little bit more solid.”

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Fulham endured a difficult day on Saturday with the heavy defeat to their local rivals and despite Dembele’s goals, the Cottagers sit a place above the relegation zone.

Jokanovic’s side are in no danger off relegation with 22nd-placed Charlton being demoted to League One on April 19.

In other Tottenham news, one of Spurs’ most important players has given his verdict on Chelsea’s season.