West Ham United's Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio has issued an intriguing response when asked whether he plans to sign a new deal at West Ham amid interest from other clubs in the Premier League, Sky Sports reports.
The 26-year-old's form has been one of the main bright points for Slaven Bilic's men this season. He is the Hammers' current top goalscorer in the Premier League and is capable of playing in several different positions.
Unsurprisingly therefore, that form has not gone unnoticed with the London Evening Standard reporting last month that Chelsea were keeping a keen eye on his progress.
However, Sky Sports is now suggesting that the Irons have no plans to cash in on the former Nottingham Forest man and hope to open contract talks with him in the summer despite the player only signing a four-year deal with the club last year.
But while Antonio insisted that he is not thinking about the speculation, he stopped short of committing to putting pen to paper on a new deal.
"Right now, nothing is really happening on the contract talks," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
"We'll just see how things go. At the moment my head is not being swayed in any way. I just want to play my football and whatever happens happens."
When asked whether he will sign a new deal, he simply added: "We'll see."
It is, of course, not uncommon for a player to play down any kind of talk about their future, and Antonio may well feel that there is no need to sign a fresh deal at the London Stadium given how long his current contract has to run.
But it would arguably be a very smart idea for the Hammers hierarchy to get talks underway as soon as possible to ensure that he has no reason to start considering moving away.