Duxbury - Trio staying
Chief executive says Parker, Upson and Green are going nowhere
By Steve Pass. Last Updated: January 27, 2009 6:04pm
Parker: Going nowhere
West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has reiterated that Scott Parker, Matthew Upson and Robert Green will stay at the club.
The trio have been linked with a move away from the Hammers this transfer window, given West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has been hit by the credit crunch.
But Duxbury - while admitting there has been 'a lot of interest' in the players - says the club are determined to keep hold of all three.
Asked what was the latest on the contractual situation with the trio, Duxbury told Sky Sports News: "Throughout this window there was a lot of interest in all of those players, some of it real and some of it through the media.
"I contacted every single player, reassured them that we didn't want to sell them and got the commitment back from them that they didn't want to go.
"I have spoken to their agents, when the window shuts we will be sitting down and we will be talking about extending their contracts - and all of them are happy to stay."
The club have reinvested some of the £14million they recently received for Craig Bellamy on record signing Savio.
And Duxbury has reiterated his pledge to fans that the club will keep their best players as well as look to strengthen Gianfranco Zola's squad.
He said: "I tried to reassure everybody at the start of the window that we would be keeping our best players and where possible, we would try and strengthen.
"I think today is a vindication of our activity during this window."
He also stressed to fans that the club's finances are fine, adding: "It's robust, it's absolutely robust - it's the nature of the football project.
"We have a manager that doesn't require external investment. He knows that what he sells, he can keep, so he can constantly evolve this football club.
"He's very, very happy with the squad."
Duxbury also again said the club had done nothing wrong over the Carlos Tevez affair.
"It's an affair that seems to have gone on for far too long now, and this is an opportunity for us once and for all to show that we did absolutely nothing wrong.
"We didn't break any undertakings to the Premier League - we absolutely adhered to them.
"Myself and (former executive chairman) Eggert (Magnusson) of course met with Tevez's representatives, that's what you would do as a competent official of a football club."
Asked if he would ever consider resigning over the affair, he said: "No, absolutely not. As I have said, I have got the complete support of my board and my chairman and I've done absolutely nothing wrong."
Duxbury also called for trust from the fans.
"We have got to get trust back with our fans and this is why I took the unprecedented step at the start of the window to try and reassure the fans what the club is about, what we are trying to achieve and I think that it's so far so good and I can talk all I want and reassure the fans the top players aren't going to leave but I think the fans will wait till the 1st of February.
"What I can say is that they won't be disappointed, the top players are not leaving and we are trying to reinforce."