Kit Symons is praying lightning doesn’t strike twice - and robs him of two Fulham talents in two months.
The manager revealed there have been talks with Marcus Bettinelli over a new deal, but the talented keeper has yet to put pen to paper - and he’s in the last year of his current contract.
The shot-stopper was linked with a move to Chelsea before Blues decided to sign Asmir Begovic - and the manager breathed a temporary sigh of relief.
However, Symons was frustrated last month when Patrick Roberts was snaffled up by Manchester City for a fee rising to £11m.
Fulham got a great deal, but lost one of its bright prospects.
Now the gaffer hopes it won’t be Bettinelli tempted by the open wallet of a Premier League giant.
The manager was at least consoled there has been no formal bid - yet.
“There’s been talk, but we've not had a written offer from anyone,” Symons said. “He’s a good young keeper, and there will be interest in him, but this is the best place for Marcus to be.
“He’s got a lot of developing for him to do. Some times younger players need to get loan experience, or they need a different pathway to make progress.
“Ideally, a League One loan would have suited him last season - but circumstances saw him get extensive Championship experience - a year earlier than he might have expected.
“It can be difficult to keep young players, and frustrating when they go.
"But I know how it works in football, and I need players who are committed to the club.”