West Ham United defender Issa Diop has insisted that he is committed to the club and is also focusing on winning selection to the France national team, according to a report published by France Football.
“It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus,” he said.
“It’s up to me to work. That’s how I see things.
“All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come.
“Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.”
The Frenchman joined the Hammers during the summer of 2018 and was one of the club’s best players last season.
The West Ham star’s performances led to reported interest from Manchester United.
Manuel Pellegrini’s club refused to part ways with their prized asset and United eventually settled for Harry Maguire for whom they paid £80 million to recruit from Leicester City.
The 22-year-old Diop has represented France from U-16 level upwards but has yet to earn a cap for the senior side.
While good enough to represent most nations, he is perhaps unlucky that the French are going through a phase whereby they are churning out quality players in large numbers.
West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League last season and will be looking to make improvement this season and possibly cause trouble to the so-called “top six sides”.
They may have started the season on a bad note with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
However, in their defence, the current Cityzens side are perhaps one of the greatest of all-time and are so phenomenal that they are also capable of securing 5-0 wins against many of the top sides in the division.
Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Sebastien Haller and Manuel Lanzini are some of the players who must shine this season so that West Ham can go on and secure a strong finish on the top half of the standings.