Coleman's Montella lament
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman has suggested there is little prospect of keeping Vincenzo Montella.
Chris Coleman has suggested there is little prospect of keeping in-form striker Vincenzo Montella at Fulham next season.
The Italian is spending the rest of the campaign on loan from Roma and has made an immediate impression at Craven Cottage.
He marked his first start for the club with an influential display in the FA Cup against Stoke City and scored his fourth goal in three games.
But with Montella on a big-money contract at Roma, Fulham boss Coleman concedes the chance of a permanent deal is remote.
"He has a long lucrative contract at Roma and we know he has got to go back at the end of the season," said Coleman.
"He is here because he wants to play football and sample living in London, and we are glad to have him.
"Vincenzo has scored goals wherever he has been and everybody knows about him.
"There were several clubs after him when he couldn't get into Roma's team, which had Francesco Totti as a lone striker.
"He has fitted in very well in the dressing room, the players and the crowd love him and he's every inch a professional in all he does.
"He has not been back to Italy yet since he arrived and he's going to an interpreter three times a week to learn English."