Jose Fonte has responded to shocking claims made by West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan.
Prior to the Hammers’ surprise 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday, the 68-year-old discussed the club’s transfer activity.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sullivan revealed that his children “begged” him not to buy Fonte, as well as Robert Snodgrass, who is currently on loan at Championship club Aston Villa.
“I’m not involved in the strategy. The manager said he wanted Fonte from Southampton and Snodgrass from Hull. My kids begged me not to sign them.”
Fonte struggled to settle into life at West Ham initially following his switch from Southampton in January.
The 33-year-old’s performances eventually improved, but he has been on the sidelines since the end of October with injury.
Fonte has now given his take on the revealing comments made by Sullivan, and the defender has insisted that he will not be distracted as a result.
The Telegraph quotes the centre-back as saying:
“It’s ignorance. I’m not going to say anything. It’s not going to change who I am. It’s not going to change what I do. I’m going to keep being the good professional that I am. I am going to keep working hard to try and help my team-mates and the manager. What has been said has no effect on me or who I am.”
Meanwhile, West Ham are edging closer to safety following the weekend result against Chelsea, but they remain in the bottom three due to goal difference.