Interim Fulham boss urges Manchester United and Everton-linked Moussa Dembele to stay put

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The French striker has been attracting plenty of Premier League attention this season.

Fulham's caretaker manager Peter Grant has urged Moussa Dembele to reject the Premier League clubs currently chasing his signature and instead stay at Craven Cottage for the sake of his development, Get West London reports.

Despite the club's bottom half position in the Championship currently, Fulham are the top scorers in the division with 31 goals. And it is Dembele that has been at the heart of much of that scoring. His tally of eight goals leaves him second on the club's goalscoring charts behind Ross McCormack. 

With the 19-year-old showing improvement with almost every single performance, it is little surprise that Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham have reportedly been keeping an eye on his progress as they consider whether to make a bid (as reported by Get West London).

But Grant says that a move to the top flight would not be in Dembele's best interests right now.

"The most important thing is being out on the grass on a Saturday or a Tuesday. You train as you want to play at the highest levels," he said.

"You have to perform and nobody sees you if you're in the stand. My advice would be to stay here. He's at a club who know what his strengths and weaknesses are will work hard to get him better," he added.

While many of the Cottagers' results have been less than ideal, you could not say that their football has not been expansive and exciting. And with that philosophy, they are providing their strikers with plenty of chances, and thus, Dembele is getting several opportunities to perfect his game. 

And as Grant alluded to, a move to the Premier League may be more exciting initially, but may see his game-time severely limited, which will stifle his development and prevent him becoming the striker he is capable of being. 

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