Slaven Bilic confident ‘Liverpool target’ Aaron Cresswell will stay at West Ham

28 Apr

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says in-form defender Aaron Cresswell has no intention of quitting the club despite being linked with boyhood club Liverpool.


Cresswell has reportedly attracted interest from Anfield, where he began his career as a youth player before being released.

He then moved on to Tranmere and then to Ipswich before completing a reported £3.75million switch to Upton Park.

The 26-year-old has been a virtual ever-present since arriving at the London club has even been touted for a potential England call-up.

But Bilic insists Cresswell has told him he wants to stay with West Ham ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium next season and beyond.

“He is having a great season,” said Bilic. “First of all he is a great professional, it’s a privilege to have a player who is always available.

“Last year he was our player of the year. He played every game last year, this year I think he’s missed one.

“He’s improved a lot. With the ball, and on the ball with crosses and his technique, he’s almost a playmaker on the left side of the pitch.

“But defensively he has improved so he became a great full-back and a complete footballer. He gets the interest of so many big clubs.

“I spoke to him. First he is under contract. Second, more important than the length of the contract, is that he is really happy here, he loves it here and he can’t wait for the new season and all that hype.

“Those clubs can try to talk to him but I spoke to him a couple of times, he is very happy and he is going to stay with us for a long time.”

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