James Tomkins' comments on competition for places put West Ham exit talk to bed

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The 26-year-old is relishing any upcoming battles for a place in the West Ham side.

West Ham United centre-back James Tomkins has put all exit talk to bed by declaring that he is relishing the competition for places that awaits him at Upton Park next season, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the Hammers defender has welcomed the arrival of Angelo Ogbonna in east London and has no fears over his own place as a result.

Tomkins told West Ham's site: "It was nice to play alongside another partner, his English is quite good so he was talking quite a lot which was good.

"It’s nice to play with someone different and it’s going to be a good contest to see who’s going to play there at the start of the season as we have a lot of good individuals at centre-half.

"I relish that competition for sure, it keeps you on your toes and shows you that’s nobody’s guaranteed a place."

Newcastle link

The Sunday People had only last week reported that Newcastle United are 'monitoring' Tomkins' West Ham situation and the response from readers and fans can be best summed up as 'not this old chestnut again.'

And, as tenuous as the link is or was, the 26-year-old's encouraging comments on the battle for places at centre-back are more or less putting any Hammers exit talk to bed.

The only way Tomkins could end up leaving Upton Park at the moment, it seems, is if the club didn't want him. But that's a little hard to imagine when he has captained the side in Europe recently - and the fact he is being interviewed about his plans for the new season in the first place...

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