West Ham plan heart to heart talks with Ravel Morrison when he returns to Chadwell Heath for pre-season training!
The club will do everything in its power to ensure that the England under 21 is as settled, happy and as “back at home” as possible ahead of the new season.
After a difficult 2013-14 which finally saw the player sent out on loan to Queens Park Rangers, ClaretandHugh has learned there’s “no way the club is giving up on Ravel and a Boleyn future.”
A trusted ClaretandHugh source was keen to point out that the controversies surrounding Ravel and his contractual position have been “vastly blown out of all proportion.”
That was a reference to allegations that efforts had been made to woo him into agent Mark Curtis’ stable.
Our source said: “Forget all that – it was never a serious issue. Rav is a man who knows his own mind and has his own advisers – end of story.
“The real problem was that Sam Allardyce – as is his right – decided in the middle of a relegation battle that Matt Taylor was a better for the circumstances and Ravel was perhaps disappointed by that having been playing regularly.”
He added: “We intend being there for Rav – we understand his personality and that he needs to feel wanted, included and valued.
“We shall be assuring him he has the same chances as every other player and we will listen to everything he has to say.
“He has a year left on his contract at West Ham and we would love to believe he can settle down to a long term future with us.
“It’s all in his hands and we’ll do all we can for him. We don’t want unhappy players in the squad.”
Our source confirmed that there had been no contact from QPR whom it is believed may be hoping to make Morrison’s loan deal permanent.
However, having been ignored by manager Harry Redknapp for the Championship play-off final amid fresh stories of a groin injury, interest may have waned.