Zola: I will not quit Hammers

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Gianfranco Zola declared he has no intention of quitting West Ham after denying he is under pressure to sell players.

Zola is reported to be considering his future in response to demands by the Hammers' bankrupt Icelandic owners to trim the squad.

"There has a lot of talk about that (quitting). It's not true," he said. "I know the club is working and trying to make the team better but we are short. I haven't threatened the club that I would leave. It is not true."

England defender Matthew Upson is the main target for rival Barclays Premier League clubs but Zola claimed he will only offload any player in order to raise funds for new arrivals.

Zola refused to answer questions over West Ham's interest in Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh but moved to crush talk over his growing disillusionment.

He added: "We're not really under pressure to sell players. Not for the moment. As far as I know, we are trying to reinforce the team. If we do anything, it is because we'd like to reinforce the team - as simple as that."

Zola insisted he enjoys a good relationship with West Ham's sporting director Gianluca Nani and chief executive Scott Duxbury, the people overseeing transfer policy at Upton Park.

"So far at this club I have a perfect understanding with Scott Duxberry and Gianluca Nani - we work very well," he said. "All that you see here is a creation of all of us. It's a very good relationship and I trust this relationship.

"If something happens and I am not called to be asked, then it is going to be a different story but then I will tell you.

"To clarify it completely, I have been brought here to work on the pitch. That is my main concern. That is what I have been doing for 11 months. That is what I want to do. If someone has to be sold or bought, they ask me."

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Matthew Upson
Premier League
Gianfranco Zola
West Ham United

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