The Sun claimed that West Brom wanted Antonio a few weeks ago, whilst the Yorkshire Evening Post reported on interest from Leeds United, but Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has taken to Twitter to outline his stance on the sale of the player.
I would like to reassure our fans that I have no intention of selling Michail Antonio or any other player who wants to be part of this club.— @FAWAZ_ALHASAWI (@fawaz_alhasawi1) July 7, 2015
He states: “I would like to reassure our fans that I have no intention of selling Michail Antonio or any other player who wants to be part of this club.”
This is certainly a statement which should delight Forest fans, with Antonio key to any success the East Midlands club enjoy in the future.
The interest in him this summer has been no surprise, considering the impressive campaign the former Sheffield Wednesday man enjoyed during 2014/15.
In 46 games he netted 14 goals and registered 12 assists, enjoying the best season of his career, and carrying Forest for much of the campaign.
The 25-year-old proved adaptable across the front-line, and showed that he does possess the talent to make it at the top level.
Leeds showed an interest in him, although it is unlikely he would move to a Championship rival, whilst West Brom’s interest represents a step up in division.
Forest could pocket a large fee by selling Antonio, which would help offset their Financial Fair Play issues, but Al-Hasawi has admitted that he has no intentions to sell his key player.
Antonio will play a vital part in the club’s search to win promotion to the Premier League at the earliest opportunity, and Al-Hasawi is determined to keep ahold of a player who can make Forest a competitive force in the Championship.