Neill wants to stay a Hammer
Qantas Socceroos captain Lucas Neill says he wants to stay with West Ham and is hopeful of reaching a pay agreement to stay at the English Premier League club.
DUBAI, June 3 AAP - Qantas Socceroos captain Lucas Neill says he wants to stay with West Ham and is hopeful of reaching a pay agreement to stay at the English Premier League club.
Neill's future at Hammers, where he is captain, is under a cloud after he rejected a one-year deal, reportedly worth $4 million a year.
Reports have suggested Neill is likely to leave the club and linked him to possible moves to Manchester City, Olympiakos or Galatasaray.
The off-contract defender, in Dubai for Australia's World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Doha on Saturday, said his first priority was the Qantas Socceroos' three matches in June but did not rule out staying with the club.
"To be honest, the door's open for us both to come to an agreement but while I'm here I'm not even thinking about it," Neill said.
"I'm just tying to think about getting our point that will take us to the World Cup.
"... Of course (I want to stay), I'm the captain of the club, I've had a good season and no doubt we'll have another good one so hopefully something happens.
"My management (team) are doing what they do, I can just relax.
"I'm very comfortable about the situation and I'm sure something will be sorted out."
Neill, who joined the Hammers from Blackburn in 2007 for an estimated $141,000 a week, will become a free agent on June 30 if he is not re-signed.
"I'm just really enjoying being here (Dubai) and this is taking priority now to get to the World Cup and then on the 17th of June (after Australia's third qualifier this month, against Japan) I'll start worrying about myself again."
"If the options still there to stay with West Ham, great, if not I'll have to look at other options."
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