Issa Diop has insisted he is fully committed to West Ham and has his sights set on earning a place in the France national team.
The 22-year-old impressed in his first season with the Hammers and emerged as a target for Manchester United during the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to make improvements to his defence.
However, the London club were reluctant to sell the former Toulouse centre-back and the Red Devils shifted their interest to other targets, eventually completing an £80million deal for Harry Maguire.
With Diop recently starting his second campaign at the London Stadium, the Frenchman outlined his desire to continue growing in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
” West Ham , for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere,” he told France Football , via The Evening Standard .
“It’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities.”
“Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression.”
Although he intends to stay put in club football , Diop has ambitions of making moves on the international stage by playing his way into Didier Deschamps’ France squad.
The 22-year-old has represented his country at all age groups from U16 level but is yet to earn his first senior cap for the World Champions.
“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.