West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet announces intention to stay, but will respect Bilic's decision

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West Ham youngster Diego Poyet says he wants to stay at Upton Park.

West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet has told the Daily Mail that he wants to stay at the club rather than be farmed out on loan again next season.

Poyet, 20, emerged through the ranks at Charlton Athletic, but joined West Ham United last summer, arriving as one for the future at Upton Park.

The young midfielder was held back from the first team under Sam Allardyce, playing just five games over the course of the season, whilst he also spent time on loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town, playing just twice before returning to East London.

However, the Uruguay U20 international started for West Ham in Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Andorran side Lusitans, and impressed - albeit against modest competition.

Poyet will now be looking to build on that during pre-season and force his way into Slaven Bilic's squad next term - and told the Daily Mail that he doesn't want to go out on loan again, but will respect Bilic's decision over his future.

"My preference is to want to be at West Ham," said Poyet. "That is where I want to be and that is where I want to play. If the manager tells me 'Look you are better off going out on loan and get some games' then I will respect him for that and I will do that. But until I am told to leave I am not going anywhere."

"If you are a young player and not playing then soon as there is a new manager, the thing you want to do is impress. In a way to get into his good books and he trusts you. That is the important thing. If you are young but the manager trusts you, it doesn't matter how old you are. He has faith in you, he is going to play you, or at least give you a chance," he added.

Could Poyet make an impact next season?

The youngster certainly has a bright future at West Ham, and his impressive display against Lusitans will have fans wondering whether he can feature in the first team next season.

Yet with the likes of Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate and Kevin Nolan all vying for places in the West Ham midfield, Poyet could certainly find his path to the first team somewhat blocked by the riches at Slaven Bilic's disposal.

If Poyet can continue to impress ahead of the Premier League season, Bilic may choose to keep him at the club rather than loan him out next season - though a loan move with regular first team football could be good for his development.

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