Cottagers will try to keep Mitrovic - Parker
Fulham will be striving to keep top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic n the summer, despite their relegation, according to Scott Parker.
Striker Mitrovic underlined his importance to the west London club by claiming his 11th league goal of a difficult Premier League season to earn Saturday's 1-0 win at Bournemouth.
The Serbia international joined the Cottagers last term when they were playing in the Championship and fired them to promotion via the play-offs with 12 goals in 20 appearances.
Caretaker manager Parker believes it is crucial to retain the services of the 24-year-old as they prepare for an immediate return to the second tier.
"It will be vitally important really, he's a top-class centre forward and I think you've seen that evident in the last two games," said Parker.
"I know what the owners think, I know their ambition and certainly it is going to be a challenge.
"He's a top-draw centre forward but at the same time I think that this football club we'll be doing everything they can to keep a player like Alek.
"We've spoken about next year and the plans ahead and I think the main focus for Mitro is finishing the season like he has (on Saturday), a performance, the winning goal."
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