There had previously been interest in the Frenchman from Manchester United, as reported by The Evening Standard, though the Hammers turned down their advances without any fuss from Diop.
He has now spoken out about his intentions in East London, saying: “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.”
Diop started 33 Premier League matches for the Hammers last season, scoring one goal, as per WhoScored.
In this time, the 22-year-old averaged 2.1 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, 4.7 clearances and 1.1 blocks per game – showing how integral he was for West Ham’s defence.
He was also efficient on the ball, as he completed 86% of the 34.4 passes he made across the campaign, something that will have helped his side keep hold of possession.
He did not have the best start to this season though, as he was given a WhoScored rating of 4.9 in West Ham’s 5-0 loss against Manchester City – the lowest of any player on the pitch.
Despite that poor start to this campaign, there is no doubting that Diop is a very important player for West Ham this season.
West Ham have had players turn their back on the club in recent years, with Marko Arnautovic one recent example, so his comments will likely be taken with a pinch of salt by some, but it is encouraging nonetheless to see an important player pledging his future to West Ham.
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