Silva unaware of deal for Carvalho to join Liverpool

Marco Silva claims he has not been told that Fabio Carvalho will definitely be leaving Fulham this summer despite reports of an agreement being reached for him to join Liverpool.

Liverpool tried to sign the 19-year-old in January but could not reach a deadline-day deal to bring him to Anfield.

Carvalho’s contract expires at the end of this season and Fulham have been unable to tie him to a new deal.

But Silva has shrugged off reports that a move to Liverpool is a done deal.

“They said it yesterday, they said it two weeks and three weeks ago, probably one month ago,” the Whites boss declared.

“As you expect, I’m speaking with my board every single day, or every two days definitely, and I didn’t receive news about if something was done or not with any club.

“I don’t want to talk about rumours or if something is true or not.”

Carvalho has been a key player in Fulham winning promotion to the Premier League – scoring nine league goals and notching seven assists.

Speaking in Fulham’s matchday programme earlier this week, Carvalho admitted that continued speculation around his future had impacted him.

“I’ve tried not to let it affect me, but I’m only human,” he said.

“I’m obviously aware of those stories, even if it’s only subconsciously. I think it has affected me a bit.”

The Portugal Under-21 international has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season and Silva believes staying at Fulham and continuing to get game time in the Premier League would be good for his development.

“My opinion is that it will be really good for him,” Silva said.

“It’s been difficult for us to renew his contract. If he will not stay with us of course for us as a football club, it will not be the best thing.

“If you ask me if Fabio needs to keep playing football week in, week out, definitely yes. If he can do it in the Premier League it will be fantastic for a boy of 19 years old with his talent and with the big room ahead of him he has to improve.

“That’s football. If the decision is different than we have to respect it.”