Martin Jol Vows To Keep Pajtim Kasami At Fulham

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Cottagers boss will refuse all offers for goal hero.

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has vowed to keep a hold of the midfielder amid recent speculation and has called on the player to ignire the talk linking him with a move away to continue his fine early form, Sky Sports reports.

Italian giants Juventus are reportedly taking a keen interest in the 21-year-old after he struck a wonder goal against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

He currently has just 18 months left to run on his current deal and could be tempted to move on after enduring a difficult spell in England after joining from Palermo back in 2011.

However, his form this season has shown a marked improvement and Jol believes that the Cottagers may be about to see the best of him.

“He’s still not the best player in England, but I think in two or three years he could be a big player,” Jol said.

“Then maybe Juventus can come here and pay a lot of money for him. That would be good for everyone.

“I told him to count his blessings and to be happy at that age playing Premier League football. He needs to keep his feet on the ground. He’s a very level-headed boy.”

Jol added on Kasami, who took a 50 per cent pay cut last season to link up with Lucerne on loan: “There will be a situation in five or six months’ time that we have to talk and extend his contract.

“If he didn’t score that goal it would’ve been a different story.

“He could’ve gone to other clubs when he left Palermo but he came here. He started off well but he had to learn a lot and that’s what he did.

“If you take the likes of Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Andros Townsend, they played for other clubs then came back. Now Townsend is the one I go to the stadium for. He’s a good player, almost like Arjen Robben, but not as good. He makes things happen for his team and Kasami’s the same.

“He’s got a very good shot and free-kick, so if he works hard he will be more and more important for us.”

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