Michail Antonio has had a whirlwind two years. After transferring to West Ham United from Nottingham Forest for 7m pounds in summer 2015, he has gone from riding the bench to an England call up last fall. Speculation in the January transfer window had him linked to a big money move to Chelsea, but that talk fizzled out as the Payet saga unfolded.
Fresh news of both Manchester United and Chelsea being interested in signing Antonio in the summer has popped up in the last few days, and Antonio did nothing to quell speculation in an interview with Sky Sports.
After reports of an improved contract to be offered to Antonio in the summer, after already signing an improved contract last July, he told Sky Sports News HQ “We'll just see how things go. At the moment my head is not being swayed in any way. I just want to play my football and whatever happens happens.” He also refused to say if he would sign a new deal, responding when asked if he would “We’ll see.”
Interviews like this will do nothing to quell any transfer rumors. Antonio has been invaluable to Slaven Bilić this season, playing everywhere from the wing, right back, and even as a striker. His headed goals at the start of the season was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal opening few months of the London Stadium. However, as any Hammer fan knows, no player is bigger than the club, and while this distraction is not needed, it remains to be seen if this is merely a negotiating tactic to earn a bigger paycheck or if this is a signal that Antonio wants to move on.