Report: Fulham confident of holding on to Chelsea-linked Marcus Bettinelli


Jose Mourinho is reportedly an admirer of Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, but the Craven Cottage outlet are confident he will sign a contract extension.

According to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, Fulham are confident they are winning the battle to persuade Marcus Bettinelli to ignore a move to Chelsea and stay at Craven Cottage.

At first look, this seems a stretch of the imagination for a Championship club when Premier League champions come knocking on the door.

Chelsea are reportedly looking to sign two goalkeepers over the summer to strengthen support for first choice Thibaut Courtois. This raises questions as to the path Bettinelli wants to go down as a goalkeeper with the option of remaining No. 1 at Fulham or playing second fiddle to one of the best in the world at Stamford Bridge.

For the sake of Bettinelli's career, you have to argue that game time is essential and if he continues impressing managers in the top flight, then another opportunity may develop.

Mourinho is, however, believed to be an admirer of Bettinelli, who has just one year remaining on his current contract.

Fulham, though, began talks with the 22-year-old over an extension in April and are optimistic the promise of regular first-team football will convince him to stay.

Bettinelli started 45 games this season and Fulham know better than anyone that he would not achieve that at Chelsea next season.

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