West Ham officially confirmed the defender had signed a new long term contract this morning, after an extensive period of negotiation.
“I do not blame Winston, though, as it was important he took his time as this was such a big decision for him his family,” said Sullivan.
“Understandably he wanted to play for a club that would be challenging for and competing in Europe over the coming years.”
“As a board we firmly believe that we will be doing that once we have settled in to our new home.”
The Daily Mail mentioned Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as reportedly interested parties only earlier this week.
It’s easy to see why and how his head could be turned by those clubs, but credit to West Ham’s owners for effectively convincing him that West Ham have a great prospect of European football over the next few years.
Securing a Europa League place this season is difficult but by no means impossible and that’s something the Hammers have to try and achieve before the move to the Olympic Stadium.
If West Ham can establish a strong platform in European football, it will not only increase the financial capability of the club, it will also allow the playing staff to improve in terms of their quality.
Whether West Ham can eventually become a top four club remains to be seen, but all credit to them for securing a player who has been touted by sides who are chasing European positions in that battle for a top four place.