The 25-year-old Ecuadorian striker has enjoyed a strong debut season in England, and he has posted a message on his Facebook profile to confirm that no decision will be made concerning his future until the end of the summer.
Valencia, who netted five goals in 37 games this season for the Hammers, arrived at the Boleyn Ground last summer following an impressive World Cup. He has not fulfilled the reputation many expected of him, but as a debut season in England, he has done well.
His form and strong performances for the East London club have reportedly drawn admiring glances from Chelsea, as per the Daily Mail, and he admitted that he was aware of the interest in his Facebook post.
However, the forward has confirmed that he is going to wait until after the Copa America before deciding upon his future, with him currently away with Ecuador at the summer tournament.
Due to West Ham’s Europa League qualification, their season stars before the Copa America ends, meaning that Valencia will likely miss a few weeks of action.
This delay, as well as the need to clear up his future, could disrupt the start of the Hammers season, and losing the forward would certainly not be a positive move.
However, despite the rumours of Chelsea’s interest in Valencia, there are no indications that the Blues are ready to formalise a concrete offer, with them likely to target some more high-profile signings before the Ecuadorian superstar.