Slavisa Jokanovic has spelled out Ross McCormack is going nowhere - no matter who comes in for the Fulham star.

The Whites top scorer has been nominated as Championship player of the year - no mean feat considering the club’s lowly berth in a troubled season, and coveted by every side in the division as well as a few in the Premier League.

In spite of all else, the recently recalled Scotland international has hit 23 of his side’s 61 goals this term, and struck a partnership with Moussa Dembele that has been gold dust to a side facing the drop until the last two weeks.

If it had been down to Mac the Attack’s gaffer, the striker would have won the award last season, and the season before that when he was at Leeds.

Jokanovic said: “He has been fantastic for Fulham, and he was last season and before that when he was at a different club.

“He’s going to be very important to Fulham in the next season as well, and for many years to come after that.”

Middlesbrough thought they were close to brokering a £10 million deal for the 29-year-old in January.

But with Joka and co in a precarious position, there was never a chance they were going to let the one man between them and relegation quit the Cottage.

Instead, McCormack was promised that a new team would be built around him, and put pen to a new contract that keeps him at Fulham until 2020.

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