Hammers midfielder not thinking about Emirates Stadium switch.
West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame has insisted he wants to remain at Upton Park, despite reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.
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“I know there are people out there saying things about me, but I have spoken with the manager and told him that I want to stay here,” Diame told West Ham’s official website.
“I know the club want to keep me too, so I will continue to give my best for them.
“I knew when I signed that West Ham were going to make their mark on the Premier League. Since I came here I am enjoying every game I play on the pitch. I think I made a good choice because I am very happy at this club.”
Diame only the Hammers from Wigan in the summer but has a release clause of just £3.5m.
The Senegalese has attracted attracted the attention of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after a string of fine displays in claret and blue, including his game-changing goalscoring sub appearance in the 3-1 win over Chelsea last month.
Amid interest from the Emirates, West Ham have reportedly tried to renegotiate Diame’s contract to remove the release clause and some reports claimed the player was prepared to take his employers to FIFA over what he deemed aggressive tactics.
But the Senegal international’s words will allay fears of the Upton Park faithful, while Allardyce has stressed the East London club are yet to receive any bids for the enforcer.
West Ham manager Allardyce added on Sportinglife: “We have had no bids from any of the clubs that have been rumoured in the papers. He is our player and hopefully come 1 February he will still be our player.”
Wenger admitted on Tuesday that he was an admirer of Diame. The Frenchman remains keen on adding a defensive midfielder to his squad and the North Londoners have also been linked with Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia.
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