Neill eyes new Hammers deal

PUBLISHED: 17:42 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 05 October 2010

Lucas Neill is confident that he will sign a new deal at West Ham before his current contract expires at the end of the season

Lucas Neill is confident that he will sign a new deal at West Ham before his current contract expires at the end of the season.

The Hammers captain is due to become a free agent in June and was linked with moves to Premier League rivals Newcastle and Blackburn last month.

But Neill has rubbished reports he will quit Upton Park in the summer after revealing that he is involved in talks to extend his stay with the club.

He said: "The truth of the matter is that the chief executive and my agent have already initially talked about wanting to extend my stay at West Ham and when the time is right for all parties I'm confident that it will get done."

The defender was last month rumoured to have demanded a pay rise to remain at West Ham, but Neill has blasted those reports by insisting he is desperate to lead the Hammers into Europe next year.

"If it's not quoting myself then you can take it as fact that someone else has manufactured a story," Neill said.

"I'm not about to jump ship because I've committed to come here and get West Ham into Europe and we're right on course for that.

"We're in the latter stages of the FA Cup and we're starting to get excited about being only two wins away from Wembley.

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