Pedro Obiang's agent says client wants to play more, but his future is at West Ham

Pedro Obiang's agent says his client's future remains at West Ham.

Pedro Obiang's agent has rebuffed suggestions the midfielder could return to Italy this month.

Obiang signed from Sampdoria in the summer, but has been in and out of the side, partly due to injury.

His agent Jose Miguel Gonzalez told Tuttomercatoweb: "He's unlikely to leave West Ham in January. The club wants to retain him, he is happy in London and is comfortable with his teammates.

"He would like to play a little more, but it is normal, but there is competition, and the team is doing very well in the Premier League.

"At the moment I have not received any calls from Italy, Pedro left a great memory in Serie A and it is normal that there is talk of the interest of the big teams in his favour."

Obiang has made seven starts this season in the league, with eight appearances coming from the bench.

He has completed 90 minutes just three times, and was particularly impressive against Bournemouth a week ago, but was substituted off at half-time at the weekend in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle United.

Tuttomercatoweb report Napoli are interested in Obiang, and his agent did a good job of playing both sides, adding: "Obiang would be perfect for their characteristics. At now, though, I have not received any call from Napoli."

It is unlikely West Ham would want to sell him after just a few months, and at just 23, the Spaniard has real potential to develop into an outstanding player.

If he is getting itchy feet about wanting to play more regularly, the time to assess the situation should be the end of the season rather than right now.

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