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Fulham youngster Emerson Hyndman states desire to leave club

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The American midfielder's contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Having barely featured for Fulham so far this season, 19-year-old American Emerson Hyndman has revealed to American Soccer Now that he is looking to leave Craven Cottage.

Widely regarded as one of Fulham’s top prospects, Hyndman made his professional debut for the club in last season’s Championship opener against Ipswich Town, aged just 18, before earning surprise first call-up and senior international cap a few weeks later in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The playmaking midfielder who go on to make 11 total appearances for Kit Symons’ side over the course of the campaign but could have featured more had he not been sidelined for several months after suffering a fractured collarbone at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

Nevertheless, his performances were impressive enough to attract reported interest from Borussia Dortmund last winter [h/t Goal USA], while several more European clubs have since been added to his list of potential suitors after watching him captain the USA to the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals in the summer [h/t MLSSoccer.com].

 2014-15 Championship PositionTeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesDispossessedUnsuccessful TouchesAppearancesMins Played
Emerson Hyndman MF Fulham 0 0 9 415 89% 496 5 7 9 650

With only eight months left on his contract, Fulham have unsurprisingly been trying to tie him down to a new deal of late but the Texas-native has been reluctant to agree to fresh terms due to the interest in his signature and, as a result, now finds himself out of the first-team picture.

Limited to one eight-minute substitute appearance in the League Cup so far this term, the situation has left the promising American more than frustrated and he has now made it clear that he intends to seek a new challenge in 2016.

“It’s a little difficult right now,” Hyndman told ASN. “I’ve told them in the past that I think it’s time for me to move on. There are clubs out there that are interested and that I am excited about, so it’s difficult for me right now, and I can’t see myself getting too many first-team minutes. I feel that I had a good preseason, and I thought I might get a chance, but I am really looking forward to the future more than anything.

“I am looking at all possibilities and I am not ruling anything out yet,” Hyndman added. “I am keeping everything open. I think a style-of-play change would be helpful for my development at the moment. I think it would swing me forward quicker. All I want to do is play and get first-team minutes consistently.”

Meanwhile, Hyndman is currently showcasing his promise at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying Championship in the States, where his impressive performances helped the US Under-23s claim maximum points in the group stages to get within one win of sealing their place at Rio 2016.

Tipped to be future regular at the senior level, former Fulham boss Felix Magath compared his advanced passing skills to those of Andrea Pirlo last season, while USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also sung his praises on several occasions.

“Emerson is phenomenal,” he told the Telegraph last November. “This kid came to our first game after the World Cup, and in our first training session he played like he was always with us.

“He’s barely 18. I said to my coach: ‘Are you seeing what I’m seeing?’ Everyone was like ‘woah’.”

It is certainly not surprising that so many clubs are reportedly seeking his signature given that kind of praise and, for Fulham, the prospect of losing a talent of his potential must be devastating.

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