Report: Michail Antonio rejected chance to leave West Ham on loan

Michail Antonio has fielded offers to leave West Ham on loan this season.

Michail Antonio has personally rejected the chance to leave West Ham on loan, the Daily Mail reports.

Antonio has recently started having an impact in the Hammers first-team, with the 25-year-old capitalising on injuries to other players to grab his chance in the first-team.

After playing just 30 minutes of the first nine possible games he could have featured in, Antonio has played in all of the last 11, starting all of the last 10 fixtures.

He has scored three goals and registered two assists in the last seven games, and Slaven Bilic would be foolish to drop a player previously not seen as part of the senior set-up.

The 25-year-old winger was signed on transfer deadline day, and due to his lack of playing chances, many were suggesting it was a poor move.

There were rumours that clubs wanted to take him on loan during the emergency window, but the Mail report claims that Antonio himself rejected these approaches.

The clubs who wanted him are not named in the report, but the Hammers are said to have accepted offers, before Antonio rejected the chance to leave.

The report indicates that Antonio said: “I have earned my way here over a long time, I’ll be patient.”

Antonio was patient, and rather than taking the easy way out he took his chance with the Hammers, a decision which has paid off for both club and player.

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