Fulham to keep stars despite play-off woe, says Jokanovic

Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates after the match

Fulham's Tom Cairney celebrates after the match

Although he does not mention the midfielder by name, it is easy to read between the lines that Tom Cairney is among those Cottagers manager Slavisa Jokanovic was referring to when he spoke after that loss.

However, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the Tyneside club did not end their interest in the 26-year-old and are looking to revitalise their efforts and will launch a new bid in the summer.

Fulham lost to Reading in the play-off semi-final and failed to win promotion to the Premier League so they could face a battle to keep Cairney at the club.

But Jokanovic has moved to warn potential suitors that the Fulham board are adamant about retaining their best talents as they look to secure a return to the Premier League next season. This is the information I have from the board.

Cairney scored against the Magpies at St James Park in March and finished the season with 13 goals from midfield, creating 11. We'll push to be promoted. Right now we are talking about the need to be more clinical and solid.

Now the club's season has come to a close, we ponder where the Serbian will be plying his trade next term.

"To improve depends on the summer and what we do. We must be clever in the period in front of us", he added.

'From the season before when people said we we were relegation candidates, to now and at times to play some of the most attractive football in the Championship, we have to take that into next season.

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