Greatly impressing in his first season in the Premier League with West Ham, Issa Diop was the subject of an interest from Manchester United in the summer.
Bids were reportedly made, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side eventually ended up signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City in order to bolster their defence.
The Frenchman stayed at the London Stadium for the 2019/20 season, and while things haven’t gone quite as smoothly as last year, he’s still managed to make 15 league appearances so far.
He’s found it a bit tougher to feature under David Moyes, but it’s a situation he accepts, speaking to Foot Mercato in France.
He said: “They’re the coach’s choices and I’ve respected them. That’s football. Personally, it doesn’t change anything. I need to continue working. We are the players and we are on the pitch, so it’s up to us to perform every weekend in order to be starters”.
However, even if he isn’t playing as regularly as he once was, the player made it very clear he has no intention of leaving West Ham of his own accord in January, despite rumours bigger clubs might come knocking.
Asked if he intends to finish the season with the Hammers, he said: “Yes. I can’t say much more. Imagine the club wants to sell me. I can’t talk about the future, but today, I can say yes”.
As for what he feels his future does hold, he added: “I need to work and play. Then, one step at a time. What will happen will happen, but I’m focusing on football. I want to take pleasure in it and perform”.