Fulham manager Chris Coleman has admitted that on-loan striker Vincenzo Montella is unlikely to stay at the club.
The Italian is due to spend the rest of the season at Craven Cottage but Coleman says the chances of luring him to west London on a permanent deal are slim.
“He has a long lucrative contract at Roma and we know he has got to go back at the end of the season,” admitted 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.”