West Ham ace Issa Diop dropped a big hint on his future, when speaking exclusively to French media outlet Europe 1. And Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans will all be interested to hear what he has said.
According to a report from the Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing West Ham ace Issa Diop in the summer.
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The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for around £22.5 million (Mirror).
Inconsistency has plagued the defender’s season
Diop really impressed in his debut campaign in the Premier League, but he struggled for form and consistency during the first half of this season.
The Frenchman has really improved in the last few weeks and months, however.
And the Daily Mail have claimed that West Ham will demand at least £66 million for the 23-year-old.
Diop spoke exclusively to Europe 1, and suggested that he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon:
“Honestly, I don’t really pay attention to it. I try and be the best footballer I can be. Beyond that, you know the media. It’s part of football. I’m just trying have the best season I can.”
He went on to say:
“It didn’t stop Payet to be in the France team when he was at West Ham. The France national team, it’s a dream. It’s the top, top level, so you need to be very good at club level.”
Encouraging remarks from the centre-back
And that second point is a really important hint.
He clearly believes that playing for West Ham will not adversely affect his hopes of playing for the French national team.
Diop could be a hugely important player for the Hammers. And they should be looking to keep hold of him at all costs.
Whether West Ham will be able to reject a massive offer from Arsenal, Tottenham or Chelsea for the 23-year-old, however, remains to be seen.