West Ham United attacker Michail Antonio has pledged his future to the club amid increased speculation surrounding his future, according to Claret and Hugh.
The 28-year-old, whose campaign was brought to an early end after tearing his hamstring in late March, had seen his name linked with a summer move to Crystal Palace, with the Eagles in desperate need to increase their frontline firepower during the close season.
@Michailantonio hope you have a speedy recovery man ⚒
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However, while speaking ahead of the Irons’ penultimate Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Thursday evening, the London Stadium favourite assured fans he is already anticipating his comeback for the club next season.
“I’m feeling good”, Antonio told West Ham’s official website. “The recovery from my operation is going well, so I’m just going to keep moving on with it.
“I probably have another three months until I’m back training fully, so hopefully I’ll be back playing in August.”
The Hammers’ Premier League status was confirmed for another season on Saturday following their 2-0 win over Leicester City and Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Everton that evening.
Joao Mario and Mark Noble were the pairing to all but seal another campaign in the top-flight, and Antonio revealed his delight with his team-mates’ showing.
“It’s the holy grail to stay in the Premier League, so it’s great [that we’ve secured safety]. Hopefully next year we can do better”, the Englishman added.
“It was a great performance at Leicester. We didn’t give them much of an opportunity, we bossed the game, scored in the first half and sealed it off with Mark Noble’s finish.
“It was a great strike from him into the bottom corner.”
West Ham now round off their season with back-to-back home games against Manchester United and Everton on Thursday and Sunday respectively before a crucial summer break.
Much has been made of the ambition of the club’s owners this season, but having the faith of Antonio is certainly a step in the right direction.