West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has denied any interest in Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. The Hammers boss has revealed that there is no truth in the reports claiming that the club wants to make a loan deal for the teenager in January.
“No way, Rashford is very valuable for Manchester United. There’s no way to get him.They have many games, four competitions. He’s playing, so no way.” Bilic said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Rashford has seen his game time reduce at Manchester United under new manager Jose Mourinho. The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford has added to the 19-year-old being a bit-part player this season after a breakthrough last season.
Bilic had earlier admitted of willing to invest in an English player with Premier League experience in the January transfer window. However, the 48-year-old was quick to dismiss any speculations of Rashford arriving at the club ahead of The Hammers’ clash with United on January 2.
Rashford is not the only player linked with a move to West Ham. The club has recently being linked with the likes of Juventus left-back Patrice Evra and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe. Bilic confirmed that he is being flooded with phone calls from football agents, according to Daily Mail.
Marcus Rashford at Manchester United
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“It’s that time of the year. You have the agents calling. I think we have a good principle. We have chairmen, there’s me and my staff, and we are working quite well.” Bilic stated.
The Croatian gaffer has admitted that it is tough to select players when everybody is being sold as Lionel Messi by their agents. The 48-year-old also agreed that in this modern age of football, one cannot do without football agents.
“If we were talking about getting players then you cannot get them without agents. So you can’t say I don’t want to talk to them because then you will not get the players.” Bilic mentioned.
West Ham is set to face Leicester City in the New Year’s Eve Premier League clash on Saturday.
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