Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey has broken his silence over speculation he will sign for boyhood club West Ham United this summer.

Reports have persisted for several windows that West Ham want to bring Shelvey back to East London.

The rangy midfielder started his youth career with the Hammers but left after the club released his brother.

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Boyhood Hammer coming home?

Shelvey comes from a family of West Ham fans and won the hearts of his fellow supporters by doing the crossed Hammers salute to the Millwall crowd when taking a corner while playing for Blackpool.

Manuel Pellegrini is targeting two strikers, a midfielder, back-up goalkeeper and a fullback this summer.

Many feel Shelvey, with his Sat Nav-esque passing range, is just what West Ham need.

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Rafa rift talk fuels West Ham move speculation

He has barely featured for the Magpies amid talk of a rift with boss Rafa Benitez. That has fuelled talk he is on his way out this summer.

 

And now the 27-year-old Romford-born star has spoken on his situation for the first time in an interview with The Chronicle.

“People say I have had rows with Rafa and things like that. It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Shelvey told The Chronicle.

“You read things people say and that I have not got a future at this football club, I don’t listen to it.

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‘We’ll see what happens’

“I know what I can do, the club know what I can do and the manager knows what I can do. We will see what happens.

“My head has not been turned. I have always remained focused. Don’t get me wrong I have been very, very down because you want to play football. You can take all the money away because at the end of the day all you want to do is play football.”

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