Parker set for a loyalty bonus
PUBLISHED: 18:22 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010
By Scott Parker insists that he sees his long-term future at West Ham despite interest from rival clubs during the January transfer window
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Scott Parker insists that he sees his long-term future at West Ham despite interest from rival clubs during the January transfer window.
The England midfielder was the subject of two bids from Manchester City this month, but the Hammers turned down both offers and are desperate to keep the 28-year-old at Upton Park.
Chief executive Scott Duxbury has confirmed that Parker will now be offered a two-year extension to his current £50,000-per-week deal as the club attempt to secure his future and guard against another high-profile departure following Craig Bellamy's £14m exit last week.
And the former Newcastle ace looks set to sign on for an extended stay in East London after pledging his loyalty to the club this week.
He said: "Until anyone says any different I see my long-term future at West Ham.
"I'm happy, I'm enjoying myself and the team are playing well under the new management. With the lads here, we've got something that's really good.
"I'm owned by West Ham and I get paid by West Ham. I want to play football and that's it.
"If someone rings me tomorrow and says, 'we're selling you', I can't do anything about that. But I'm a West Ham player and until anyone tells me any different that's the way it is."
Parker underlined his value to the club with a barnstorming display against Hartlepool as he helped the Hammers into the fifth round of the FA Cup last weekend.
The stand-in skipper was man of the match in a comfortable 2-0 win over the League One outfit and Parker admits that he is currently producing some of the best football of his career under manager Gianfranco Zola.
Following a rocky start under the rookie boss, West Ham are currently on a six-match unbeaten run and Parker believes the club are destined for a bright future under the Italian's stewardship.
"I'm playing some really good stuff, I'm in a passing team and it's really pleasing and enjoyable. We've got something really good under the new management," Parker said.
"Gianfranco Zola has been great for us. The manager is a really confident person and that's reflected in the way we're playing.
"We're not scared. I honestly think that, given time, this manager can do something really good here.
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