Jokanovic wants Fulham to spend after promotion triumph

Slavisa Jokanovic

GETTY Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked with the Chelsea job

While Fulham can contemplate life in the top flight for the first time in four years, Aston Villa must spend another season in the netherworld of the Championship.

Fulham and Aston Villa went head-to-head for a place in the Premier League and the riches that go along with it as they met in the promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday. Grealish likely wouldn't get as much game time there next season as he would at Villa Park or at a lesser Premier League club, though.

For winning the EFL Championship Play-off, Fulham get £160 million which will rise to £280 million should they survive at least one season in the Premier League.

"That's great news for us as a club and it's fantastic to see him staying on".

A more prudent approach will be needed, with their parachute payments - around £15 million this coming year- following relegation from the Premier League in 2016, ending this season. The Premier League is the most competitive league and we must be clever.

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

We find ourselves playing Fulham in the final and, if you believe some people, we are playing a team on a par with Barcelona. The pitch suits us, with the way we play football.

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Fulham, whose style of play under Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic earned plaudits this season, were the first to settle and scored from the game's first piece of quality football.

Grealish felt he should have had a penalty with three minutes of the five added on to go but Anthony Taylor was right to wave it away.

For its part, Fulham is the more attractive of the teams, deploying an entertaining brand of possession-based football and punctuated by the like of young star Ryan Sessegnon, who celebrated his 18 birthday in between Play-off qualifying rounds. "We've been saying that for the last 12 months", the experienced Bruce said.

"It's about taking these friendlies as seriously as we can and making sure we have a point to prove, that we feel we should be there".

"We had another mountain to climb when Denis got sent off but we have had loads of those this season".

The 27-year-old would be an addition of intent for the Villains, and perhaps the marquee signing that the fans would expect, should they be promoted at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

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