McCormack not for sale, insists Fulham manager Jokanovic
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has once again insisted his star players are not for sale, even though Ross McCormack – who has been persistently linked with a move to Middlesbrough – was left out of the squad who lost 1-0 to Hull City on Saturday.
Jokanovic afterwards said that McCormack had been left out because of illness, and that the 29year-old remained a key part of his plans, along with supposed Spurs target Moussa Dembélé.
“There is always speculation about McCormack and Dembélé, but people need to start thinking a little bit more,” Jokanovic said. “We don’t need the money, which people need to understand, so we have no need to sell.
“I give no permission to make these kind of steps. In only seven more days things will start to look more clear, but I don’t want to sell and we are not in a situation where we have to sell our best players.”
Without McCormack, Fulham slipped to defeat against Steve Bruce’s Hull, who now lead the Championship following Middlesbrough’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Brentford continued their push for a play-off place with an impressive 3-1 in over Preston, but like Fulham, face a battle to keep hold of some of their biggest stars.
Forward Alan Judge, who scored their second goal, has let it be known that he is ‘angry’ at the club for rejecting bids from both Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday.
He joins James Tarkowski in angling for a move away from Griffin Park, with the defender – who has been repeatedly linked with a £2.5 million move to Burnley – currently refusing to play for manager Dean Smith.
Despite the unrest, Smith is hopeful that the pair will honour their contracts with the club.
“We all like Alan Judge and we want to keep him at the football club,” he said. “When he puts in performances like that he shows his application and enthusiasm.
“We also hope that the situation with Tarkowski is retrievable. I spoke with him and he gave his reasons. I don’t think it’s right for him to play, but there will be a time when it is right again.”
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