Duván Zapata has been the standout player for Atalanta this season, scoring 26 goals and registering six assists across the domestic competitions and Europa League.
The 28-year-old attracted interest from West Ham United in the winter transfer window and the Premier League club reportedly offered €40m fee to secure the Colombia international’s services.
However, the Hammers’ approach was turned down and earlier this month, we covered claims from Calciomercato, who explained the striker is a ‘forbidden dream’ for Manuel Pellegrini’s side next season.
Zapata gave an interview to ESPN and the comments have been relayed by AS Colombia. Amid interest from West Ham and several clubs in Italy, the frontman was asked about his future beyond this season.
He said, “Today I only think of Atalanta, I am enjoying the present and I am thinking of Atalanta, my mind is to finish well, it is fundamental to be able to do it.”
The South American has refused to discuss his future beyond this season as his focus remains on helping Atalanta make it to the Coppa Italia final and qualify for the Champions League.
In the last three seasons, Zapata has scored 42 goals and registered 13 assists in Serie A, so it won’t be a surprise if West Ham face a lot of competition from Champions League clubs in the summer.