Michail Antonio should not get delusions of grandeur at West Ham

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

Michail Antonio is one of West Ham United's prize assets but has been linked with a move away.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio warms up before the matchWest Ham United's Michail Antonio

Antonio has been one of the club's key players over the last year, with Andy Carroll recently stating the former Nottingham Forest man is their best player even when Dimitri Payet was still with the Hammers.

His form, goals and assists resulted in England call-ups and reported interest for West Ham's bitter London rivals Chelsea.

The Sun claim Chelsea's Antonio, Conte, wants West Ham's Antonio and will be back in for him in the summer.

West Ham are hoping they can tie him to a new deal but the player himself cast doubt on his situation recently when he told Sky Sports he was unsure over signing a new deal.

"Right now, nothing is really happening on the contract talks," Antonio told Sky Sports News HQ.

"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, Antonio said: "We'll see."

While there is nothing to suggest Antonio is playing a game of cat and mouse with the club to get the best possible deal or indeed to get a move, he should be mindful of how he handles the negotiations.

West Ham have endured a difficult season culminating in Dimitri Payet's controversial exit last month.

England's Michail Antonio during trainingEngland's Michail Antonio during training

That has coincided with a rejuvenated team spirit and the Hammers climbing the league with an outside chance of Europe.

But Antonio must not get delusions of grandeur.

Yes he has been a breath of fresh air since bounding into the West Ham first team last winter.

The ultimate grafter, his pace, energy, effort, workrate, enthusiasm, versatility, assists and goals have been crucial.

But he must know his place. He is West Ham's main man, idolised by supporters and playing week in week out in full view of the England boss Gareth Southgate.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their second goalAntonio celebrates

He must not start getting too big for his boots, though. West Ham are a massive club who have rewarded him well and given him the stage to shine.

They took a gamble on the raw former non-league winger to bring him to the big time and there is no place better for him.

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