West Ham United's Barcelona loanee Alex Song will remain in England next season, but staying at Upton Park on a permanent basis will be dependant on the Hammers finishing in the top four for the first time since the 1985/86 season.
The former Arsenal man has been a rock in front of the West Ham back four this season, and one of the key factors in Sam Allardyce's side having the sixth best defensive record in the Premier League this season.
The Irons are currently four points off a Champions League place, though will need to close the gap come May if they want to sign the Cameroonian on a long-term deal.
Song speaks out
"My priority was to return to England. For me as well as my family. We like it here. I have found a club that I didn’t know very well but where things are going quite well.” Song told French sports newspaper L’Equipe.
“Yes! [I want Champions League football] But not at Barcelona. My future will be in England.”
"I could have played Champions League in Italy, with Napoli or Roma, in Turkey. I could have played in France too, with Marseille."
African Cup of Nations
The East Londoners may have to temporarily prepare for life without Song after it was revealed Cameroon Head Coach Volker Finke is considering staging a U-turn and calling the midfielder up for the Africa Cup of Nations, after he was originally left out the squad.
If called up, he would miss the club's FA Cup game against Everton and their League clashes against Swansea, Hull and Liverpool.
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