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Ranieri insists Rico is Fulham’s first choice keeper

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Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has picked Sergio Rico over Fabri and Marcus Bettinelli as his first choice goalkeeper at the club.

Rico joined Fulham in the summer on a season-long loan from Sevilla and was rotated with Fabri and Marcus Bettinelli by former manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

After Claudio Ranieri’s appointment in November, he has decided to stick with the Spanish goalkeeper and has made clear his choice.

“I watched Sergio Rico when I played against Sevilla [with Leicester], and for me, he’s a very good goalkeeper,” Ranieri told Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Oldham.

“When I came here I didn’t want to change so many times – for me, Sergio Rico’s the number one.

“I have not had the opportunity to make a friendly match, a pre-season match to see all of my players. There are some good players I don’t give the chance [to yet].

“Then for this match, I want to give some rest to the players involved so many times and give the chance to other players who train very well and they deserve to show their best.

“Maybe I can [also] rotate the goalkeeper [on Sunday].”