West Ham United fans will be pleased to hear Pablo Fornals is happy at the club and focused on his future in east London.
Fornals has had a topsy turvy debut campaign at West Ham.
There was much excitement when the Spaniard signed for £24million last summer.
Expectations rose when Hammers supporters saw Fornals lead Spain to Euro Under 21 glory.
Topsy turvy debut campaign for £24million star
After a slow start, Fornals started to find his feet in the winter when he was arguably the club’s best player for a period.
He struggled for game time when David Moyes returned to the club, at one point being dropped from the West Ham squad altogether.
But Fornals won his place back and really came into his own under Moyes for West Ham’s survival bid.
The Hammers signed the midfielder for his playmaking skills. But it has been his workrate, desire, passion and willingness to defend for the team that has seen him become a real fan favourite.
There were concerns West Ham might cash in on Fornals this summer.
Fan favourite linked with move away
Back in May The Independent claimed Fornals could be sold in this window. And according to a report from Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (Monday, May 18th, page 23), Napoli were interested in signing Fornals.
With West Ham desperate to raise funds for transfers, there is understandable concern that Fornals could be sold.
But the 24-year-old has told the club’s official website he is happy in England and wants to stay at West Ham.
“Personally, I will look back at my first year at West Ham (and it was) very good because it is not easy to come from another country,” Fornals told whufc.com.
Pablo happy at West Ham
“Everybody knows the difference in intensity between La Liga and the Premier League, so i think for me it was a very nice season.
“I played a lot – that’s why I came here, to play, to try to help West Ham and I am very happy. The last games were great games for our team.
“This is what the fans want to see from us and I hope when the league starts next season we can play like we did in the last weeks.”
So Fornals wants to stay.
But it might be that West Ham have little choice but to sell.
Insiders Claret & Hugh claim Moyes must sell to buy this window.
If West Ham cannot find takers for underperforming, overpaid players such as Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini they may well be forced to sell someone like Fornals if Moyes is to be given the chance to bring in his own players.
And if it is a choice between keeping Fornals or signing his prime target Eberechi Eze (Evening Standard), Moyes may have a difficult decision to make.