West Ham assistant boss: Ravel Morrison won't return to our squad

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Neil McDonald has been discussing the 21-year-old's situation.

The speculation behind Ravel Morrison's West Ham United future has been plentiful in recent months.

Reports have suggested that the Hammers are either willing to loan the 21-year-old out to another Premier League club or sell the youngster altogether this January.

Those reports have always stressed, however, that interest in the West Ham star is currently minimal, with the east London side potentially doing all the offering when it comes to offloading him.

And now, West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald seems to have given credence to much of the talk surrounding Morrison's future.

Indeed, the Hammers coach says he 'doesn't know' whether the midfielder is leaving Upton Park or not but has confirmed that he certainly will not be returning to the first-team squad.

"I think with the squad we have got, I don't think anyone will be leaving," the West Ham assistant told reporters at a pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"I think we need everyone hands on deck with the games that are coming thick and fast. And if we progress in the FA Cup, which we are hoping to do, then we will need everyone here to rotate the squad.

"Ravel Morrison falls outside that. I am not sure if he is leaving but he won't come back into the squad."

Naturally, there seems little point in keeping the 21-year-old at the club simply to frequent the reserves and West Ham appear as though they will be more than willing to talk about another move for the player should interest be shown.

As ever, though, the problem is generating that interest, although a loan move away could potentially mean a long-term future for Morrison at Upton Park. But, judging by his previous loan spells, the chances are certainly slim.

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