Talk of West Ham left back Aaron Cresswell leaving Upton Park is all just rumours and nonsense, according to West ham manager Sam Allardyce.
Cresswell has not missed a minute of Premier League and Cup football for the Hammers, which has seen the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City take a keen interest in the 25-year-old.
Allardyce denied Cresswell would be leaving east London despite a possible £25million price tag.
Allardyce said: “As far as I’m concerned, nobody has bid for Aaron Cresswell. It’s pure rumours and speculation. Somebody will have whispered into somebody else’s ear saying that clubs are interested.
“My problem is does it affect the player. It’s always been a problem – particularly in the transfer window. Players can lose the focus on that rumour and I have to make sure Aaron carries on doing what he’s been doing all season which is performing well in a consistent basis.”
“I’ve even heard that we’ve put a £25million buyout clause on him – it’s the first I know. I haven’t heard anything from the owners.”
After signing from Championship outfit Ipswich Town, Cresswell has been one of the stand-out players of a topsy-turvy season, notching two goals of high quality along the way.
With only one year of Premier League experience under his belt Big Sam thinks Cresswell is better staying put.
“His challenge now is to work as hard – and harder – than he has this year. He can’t rest on his laurels and think he’s made it. I’ve seen it happen before. His professionalism will come into play by next season by seeing if he gets himself to the next level.”