Fulham manager Scott Parker has opened up on his frustrations with the court ruling regarding the fee owed to the Cottagers by Liverpool for Harvey Elliott.
Prodigious starlet Elliott joined Liverpool in the summer of 2019.
After making his way through Fulham’s youth ranks, the wide-man quickly went on to establish himself as one of English football’s most highly-regarded young players.
The 2018/19 campaign even saw Elliott become the youngest player to ever feature in the Premier League.
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As such, it came as little surprise when a host of heavyweights soon came calling, with Liverpool, in the end, having beaten off all competition to secure his signature.
Despite over 18 months having passed, however, the dust surrounding Elliott’s Anfield switch, until this week, had still not settled.
This came with Fulham having remained unhappy with the fee afforded to them by the Premier League champions, for a player who has been widely tipped to develop into a world-class performer.
This eventually led to the Cottagers taking Liverpool to court, in an attempt to secure a sum more befitting of a player who has since gone on to light up the Championship this season, despite being just 17 years of age.
Blackburn Rovers’ Harvey Elliott celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Ewood Park, Blackburn. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
The hearing, in turn, took place earlier this week, with The Professional Football Compensation Committee having eventually come to the decision to order Liverpool to fork over a maximum of just £4.3m, made up of £1.5m up front, along with £2.8m in performance-related clauses.
Fulham, on the back of the ruling being made official, released a statement, assuring that they were ‘pleased’ with the outcome.
As outlined above, however, if the latest comments on the part of the club’s boss are anything to go by, then such a sentiment is evidently not shared by all of those at Craven Cottage.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Fulham’s upcoming meeting with Everton, Scott Parker labelled the tribunal’s decision ‘madness’, revealing his disappointment with the process as a whole:
‘I was disappointed in it all because this is a player that had been developed at this club for a long, long time.’
‘We gave him his debut. You don’t want to go and spend £20-30m on players. That’s why the academy is so important for us. We want to develop these players. But we have developed that player for a big club to take him.’
‘Four million quid for a player we developed and thought the world of, to then leave like he did, is madness really. Harvey Elliott has the potential to be a top-class football player but Liverpool have taken him off us for minimal numbers for what he’s capable of.’
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