Hammers star Upson won't comment on his future
PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 05 October 2010
West Ham captain Matthew Upson has refused to discuss his future at the club beyond this season and is instead concentrating on helping to keep the Hammers in the Premier League
West Ham captain Matthew Upson has refused to discuss his future at the club beyond this season and is instead concentrating on helping to keep the Hammers in the Premier League.
The England international centre-backs contract expires at the end of the next campaign and co-owner David Sullivan admitted that the former Arsenal man may have to be sold to help balance the books.
Upson is keen to ignore the speculation and was blunt when asked if he was looking beyond this season.
"Not really. I've obviously, hopefully, got a World Cup in the summer I'm focused on, so my form for West Ham will dictate how successful I am in terms of going to that," he said.
"So it's very important for me to keep playing well and for us to keep winning and doing a good job."
The skipper has led by example with consistent performances and the 30-year-old says he enjoyed the role.
"Definitely. I have a lot of responsibility and I'm glad of that. I want more and I want us to do well," he said.
"It's a good time for us, an important time."
The pressure on the team as well as manager Gianfranco Zola refuses to let up despite a 2-0 victory over his former club Birmingham City last Wednesday.
"We needed the win at home, we did what we had to do and got the points and now we'll move on to the next game," he said.
"It's been a difficult few weeks but hopefully now it will give us a little bit more belief and confidence to go into games and relax a bit more and try and get some more wins."
It is a view echoed by team-mate Scott Parker, who wants to see the Hammers make the most of their upcoming opportunities.
"We've got another home game coming up and all our home games here now are all winnable games," he said.
"What you know you get with us is we're a good passing side and what we've got to do now is the dirty stuff.
"We've got to get out there and do the ugly stuff to give us a platform to build on and hopefully we can start doing that.