West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has moved to quash rumours that Ravel Morrison is set to leave the club, by insisting that he still wants him at Upton Park.
The midfield starlet spent the latter half of last season on loan at QPR after impressing during the first half of the campaign in east London, and was expected to use this experience to slot into the Hammers’ first-team for 2014/15.
But various reports over the course of past few days have indicated that ‘Big Sam’ does not see the once troubled youngster as good enough, with worries about his attitude and fitness still present.
A host of clubs have been linked with Morrison in recent times, with QPR themselves said to be ready to get him back to Loftus Road after being impressed with his showings.
But Allardyce has moved to scrap claims that 21-year-old is on his way by insisting that he has a big future with the Irons if he can recapture his form:
“He’s contracted to West Ham,” he is quoted by Goal.
“I think he’s had a hernia op. Once that’s healed up I hope he becomes a better player because he has been playing with it for a while.
“If he could do what he did last season, that would be great because, when he broke in to the side early last year, he had a great spell. Unfortunately he couldn’t sustain it.
“If he continues to do what he did last season then yes [we want to keep him] but that does depend on how much players want, how much they demand. If that demand is far too great then that becomes a difficulty for us.”