Issa Diop has insisted he is fully committed to West Ham and has his sights set on earning a place in the France national team.
The 22-year-old impressed in his first season with the Hammers and emerged as a target for Manchester United
However, the London club were reluctant to sell the former Toulouse centre-back and the Red Devils shifted their interest to other targets, eventually completing an £80million deal for Harry Maguire.
With Diop recently starting his second campaign at the London Stadium, the Frenchman outlined his desire to continue growing in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“It’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities.”
“Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression.”
Although he intends to stay put in club football , Diop has ambitions of making moves on the international stage by playing his way into Didier Deschamps’ France squad.
The 22-year-old has represented his country at all age groups from U16 level but is yet to earn his first senior cap for the World Champions.
“It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus,” he said.
“It’s up to me to work. That’s how I see things.
“All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come.
“Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.