Fulham will fight tooth and nail to keep Patrick Roberts from Manchester City clutches.
And far from expecting a £10 million switch imminently, club insiders revealed there has been no bid of any sort for the 18-year-old wonderkid, despite speculation.
The England U19 winger has a year left on his current deal and the Whites, and have offered Roberts a new long-term contract.
City are understood to be interested after the Premier League's second-placed finishers were impressed with Roberts in the recent U19 European Championships (see video for Roberts skills.)
He scored four goals with four assists in the qualifying rounds in October before finding the net again in the elite round defeat to France in March – a result that nailed England’s exit from the tournament.
Roberts was thrust into Fulham’s first team by former manager Felix Magath during their 2013-14 relegation season from the Premier League, making his debut against Manchester City in March 2014.
However, manager Kit Symons admitted he mostly protected the 5ft 5ins player from the rough and tumble of the Championship last season, but was adamant his future is with Fulham.
He said: “Pat’s very much still developing. You’ve got to protect and nurture these players in every way. Great talent and potential is nothing unless you can get it fulfilled, and we need to find a pathway for Pat to do that."