MK Dons boss Liam Manning has confirmed he is planning for a squad without David Kasumu as a contract offer remains on the table for the talented midfielder.
MK Dons man Kasumu was handed his first-team debut way back in August 2016 at the age of just 16.
He has remained with the Dons since, long looking like a talent destined to play at a higher level. Fans have held hopes that they could see Kasumu flourish and develop into an important player, and while he remains one to watch for the future, injuries have hampered his game time in recent seasons.
His future is up in the air too with the player yet to respond to a new contract offer as his deal winds down.
Now, MK Dons boss Manning has admitted he is preparing his squad for next season under the assumption that Kasumu will be moving on. Here’s what he told the MK Citizen when giving an update on the situation:
“Nothing has changed – we’ve made him an offer but we’re getting to the stage now where we’re planning without him.
“As it stands, I’m working as if he’s not here.”
Manning went on to state he understands it is part and parcel of the game, insisting he only wants players who are “all-in”.
A move awaits?
As the end of his deal edges closer, Kasumu looks to be moving closer to the exit.
Although injuries have limited his involvement, the London-born talent will surely have suitors elsewhere. If he can stay fit, Kasumu could yet have a big future in the game, even if MK Dons didn’t quite get to see the very best of him as much as they would have liked.
Should he move on, he departs after 93 appearances for the League One side. In the process, he has scored two goals and provided five assists, with his first strike coming against arch-rivals AFC Wimbledon almost three years ago.