Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Villa

Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Villa

Fulham back in Premier League with playoff win over Villa

Clare was one of the players pencilled in should Steve Bruce's side not manage to gain promotion.

There was reported interest in Clare from Premier League sides, but it would appear much more likely he would go to a Championship side.

Ensuring Ryan Sessegnon stays is imperative, with the youngster involved in all three goals the West Londoners scored during the play-off games, including a delightful pass to set up Tom Cairney's victor against Aston Villa.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has told The London Evening Standard that reported Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United target Ryan Sessegnon will stay at the club.

Jack Grealish suddenly got involved in the game and he forced a save from goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli after a superb slaloming dribble through the Fulham defence.

According to the Deloitte Sports Business Group, the playoff winners are guaranteed £160 million, potentially rising to 280 million if they avoid relegation next season.

Cairney, 27, had attracted interest from West Ham in January, while the likes of 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon and attacking full-back Ryan Fredericks have also been linked with moves away from Craven Cottage.

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Villa, owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, paid the price for a limp first half and are faced with a third successive season outside the Premier League, a stark reality given a reduction in the parachute payments could lead to the sale of their stars.

"We had many chances to get a goal, but they took their chance in the first half, taking it very well and scored". For a team that froze on the final day of the regular Championship season, in turn forcing them into the play-offs, they displayed enormous steel, fight, and plenty of personality here. "We score a goal and today we get a red card. What I prefer to say is I know he wants to stay with us".

Newcastle-born Bruce's second season with Villa has been played out to the backdrop of personal sadness, having lost both his father Joe and his mother Sheenagh in the space of three months.

"We've brought the club back where it should be", on-loan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic said.

And so, when the final whistle blew, it was Jokanovic who celebrated, not Bruce.

Jokanovic said: "That transfer window was successful and gave an important push for the team".

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