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.
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.
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.