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Neill staying put

Filed: Monday, 21st April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Lucas Neill's agent has denied reports suggesting that his client is set to leave the Hammers this summer.

A number of media sources plucked club captain Neill's name out of the hat following Scott Duxbury's revelation at a fans' forum last week that a number of players face the axe this summer as the club seeks to trim its first team squad.

But Neill's representative Paddy Dominguez has refuted claims that the Australian is one of those listed for the chop, adding that he is happy at the club.

"We have not been approached by West Ham in regards to that, reviewing his contract or taking a pay cut," he told Fox Sports.

"It doesn't make sense that a manager who only 14 months ago brought Lucas to the club and has installed him as captain would look to sell him.

"Lucas' relationship with Alan [Curbishley] is good - and he is relishing the role of captain."

Neill has also privately expressed his desire to remain at West Ham, despite criticism of his form this season from some quarters.

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