Issa Diop insists West Ham is not a springboard to go elsewhere

Diop linked with Man United

Issa Diop joined West Ham United last summer from Ligue 1 side, Toulouse.

The Hammers are believed to have paid around £22.5m for the Frenchman.

Diop’s debut season in England saw him make 38 appearances across all competitions for West Ham, in which he scored twice.

After a solid debut campaign, the 22-year-old was linked with a  move to Manchester United.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Chris Wood of Burnley scores his team’s first goal while under pressure from Issa Diop of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and West Ham United at Turf Moor on December 29, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Diop on West Ham

Man United did sign a central defender over the summer, but it was Harry Maguire, not Diop.

Diop would then start in West Ham’s opening game of the 2019/20 Premier League season against Manchester City. West Ham would be hammered 5-0.

Now, in a recent interview, Diop has been speaking about his West Ham future.

Diop states that West Ham is not a springboard to go elsewhere, and is the club where he wants to try to become the best defender he can be:

“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.

“Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

Diop also spoke about his desire to play for the French national side:

“It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus (France).

“It’s up to me to work. That’s how I see things.

“All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come. Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

West Ham’s next game is away to Brighton on Saturday, August 17th.

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