By 90Min
November 13, 2018

West Ham United centre back Issa Diop has admitted to being flattered by Jose Mourinho's glowing comments following the Hammers 3-1 defeat of Manchester United, but insisted he has no interest in jumping ship.

The Frenchman arrived in east London from Toulouse in a £22m deal with and has taken to English football like a duck to water. 


After staying on the bench for the club's first two Premier League games, the 21-year-old has played every minute of every game in the division since.

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One of those games was the 3-1 victory over United at the London Stadium back in September, after which Mourinho heaped praise on the youngster, in what was seen as a scathing review of his own defensive options. 

The Portuguese tactician declared Diop: "a monster who dominated in the duels". 

Asked how he felt about such comments in an interview with Foot Mercato, the Hammers star replied: "Yes, of course it’s nice. But my coach is Manuel Pellegrini (laughs).

"So it’s his opinion that interests me the most. He advises me to continue to progress."

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When he was subsequently probed on the Red Devils' advances and whether he had a career plan in mind, the defender replied: "Not at all. I’m at West Ham right now. I take the most pleasure from this. I try to give the best possible performance."

Diop also spoke about his exit from Toulouse and why he chose the Irons above other suitors this summer.

He revealed: "I think it was the right time to leave. West Ham is the club that wanted me the most, where there was the most affinity. The project interested me. That’s why I chose them.

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"There were other clubs that were interested. But in my head, it was West Ham. The choice was quickly made… For me, it’s a good thing.

"I do not think you have to go through an intermediary club or anything like that. West Ham wanted me a lot. There is no reason why it does not work."

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