Ravel Morrison has returned to first-team training and has admitted he is looking forward to getting on with his football at the club.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to relegation rivals Fulham this week and several reports in the media had suggested he was threatening to strike if West Ham tried to block a move to the Cottagers.
But Morrison today confirmed he was relieved to be returning from injury in time for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Newcastle United and that his sights are firmly set on playing well for the Hammers.
He told whufc.com: “I’ve been working really hard over the past few weeks to get back to full fitness after missing a couple of recent games with a groin injury.
“I’m feeling fine now and I’m hoping to be involved in Saturday’s important game with Newcastle and then the Capital One Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday.
“Although it is frustrating to read some of the reports in the media, I always try to keep my focus on the next game and show people with my performance on the pitch that I want to do well for West Ham United.”
Morrison also hinted that a lot of what has been written about him the media this week has not be true by tweeting his thoughts on the reports he wants out of the club…
The lies people make up its unreal
— ra’vel (@morrisonravel) January 16, 2014
And Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald also insisted Morrison is happy at West Ham in this morning’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with the Magpies.
“There seems to be a story about Rav every week,” McDonald said.
“The lad comes in and trains, sometimes he has had a bit of a groin injury, but we’ve man managed that.
“He trained Wednesday with a huge, but smile on his face with the rest of the squad so [reports he may go on strike] are news to me.
“We look forward to him being in the squad on Saturday, he should be fit, he’s been training with the lads and he’s brought a lot of joy. He cheered everyone up when he came back as well.”