Issa Diop committed his future to West Ham when speaking to France Football yesterday, and relayed by the London Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old centre-back joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22 million, according to BBC Sport. And he has gone on to be a real hit in east London.

His fine performances have not gone unnoticed, however.

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Issa Diop (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Sky Sports reported earlier this summer that Manchester United were willing to pay £45 million for Diop.

Meanwhile, French publication Foot Mercato claimed that Arsenal wanted to sign the West Ham ace, but were quoted around £60 million by the east London outfit.


The Frenchman obviously ended up staying at the London Stadium, however.

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Issa Diop (Photo by Jan-Philipp Burmann/City-Press GmbH via Getty Images)

And he moved to distance himself from a move away from West Ham, insisting that the Hammers are not just a stepping stone for him, as quoted by the London Evening Standard:

“West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere, it’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities.”

Diop is still slightly rough around the edges. But he has all of the tools needed to go on and become a real superstar in the game.

And judging by his recent remarks, he will not be leaving West Ham anytime soon.

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