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Upson in Irons pledge

PUBLISHED: 16:51 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 05 October 2010

Matthew Upson has pledged his future to West Ham following the club's £100m takeover

Matthew Upson has pledged his future to West Ham following the club's £100m takeover.

The Hammers are now under the control of a group of Icelandic banks after Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson was unable to find a buyer willing to meet his asking price for the club.

West Ham's debts are estimated to have risen to £45m under Gudmundsson, sparking fears that key players such as Upson, Robert Green and Scott Parker would be offloaded this summer.

But England ace Upson, 29, insists that his future remains at Upton Park.

He said: "I am very positive that the club has got some good financial investment.

"My future is there, I am very happy enjoying my football under [Gianfranco] Zola, so the times are good."

But the defender has urged the club's new owners to support boss Zola in the transfer market as the Italian attempts to improve on West Ham's ninth-place finish last season.

"The club is in a crucial position because we had a positive season and it would be nice to build on that," Upson said.

"We have got the right man in charge, the manager has done an excellent job and it would be nice to see him given a bit of spending money, the ability to strengthen the squad and to take the team on.


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