Diop eager for France chance
West Ham United defender Issa Diop hopes he can force his way into France manager Didier Deschamps’ plans.
The Hammers paid a reported £22million to land Diop from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse last summer and he has since established himself as a mainstay in the West Ham defence.
The centre-half was understood to be a target for Manchester United during the summer window but Diop has since told the Evening Standard that he doesn’t view West Ham as “a springboard to go elsewhere”.
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Diop, 22, has represented France at various youth levels up to and including the Under-21s. He now hopes he can secure a debut for the senior side in the not-too-distant future.
“All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come,” he said. “Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.”