Journalist Graeme Bailey has revealed that Fulham believe it is only a matter of time before Marco Silva signs a new contract despite Tottenham’s interest in the Portuguese coach.
Silva is one of several Premier League managers who is thought to be on Spurs’ wishlist to succeed Antonio Conte, alongside Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper (The Athletic).
90 min reported on March 15 that Fulham are attempting to tie their head coach down to a new deal but the publication added that their efforts had stalled amidst interest from Spurs.
However, GiveMeSport contradicted that claim, reporting on the same day that the Cottagers are confident that they can tie the 45-year-old down to a new contract.
Bailey has now confirmed that Silva’s entourage have indeed put talks over his future on the back burner but insisted that the West London club expect their head coach to put pen on paper sooner rather than later.
The journalist told TEAMtalk: “Fulham are confident that Marco Silva will sign a contract extension despite talks stalling.
“Silva has just over 12 months on his current deal and the Cottagers are keen to reward their boss.
“After guiding Fulham out of the Championship at the first time of asking, they have now made a major impact on the Premier League’s top ten.
“His performance with Fulham has not gone unnoticed and links with Tottenham and Chelsea have emerged.
“It is understood his people have delayed talks for now.
“Despite this I am told Fulham believe that Silva will put pen to paper sooner rather than later.”
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I would not be surprised if it is Silva’s entourage who are feeding the rumours about Tottenham’s and Chelsea’s interest to the press to improve their bargaining positioning while negotiating a new deal with Fulham.
I do not think that the former Hull City boss is likely to be near the top of either Spurs’ or the Blues’ wishlist.
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