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Transfer Rumors: Bilić happy with keepers, no plans for Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic

Gaffer wrote in the Evening Standard ahead of the Chelsea clash

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The silly season is never far away in English football, with the build-up and fall-out from the January transfer window seeming to take four or five months, and now that the calendar has turned to March, the build-up to the summer transfer window is starting to ramp up.

West Ham are one of the teams most linked to, well, just about every striker and defender on the planet, but it’s not just those positions that often get linked. West Ham were heavily linked earlier in the season with Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with rumors that Adrian’s time with the team is surely coming to an end.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilić has dismissed those links, writing in the London Evening Standard that “I was happy — and I am still happy — with Adrian and Darren Randolph. If you ask me whether they will both still be here next season, I would say yes.” Bilić said that while “you can never be 100 per cent certain in football,” he was confident that both West Ham keepers would continue to wear Claret and Blue next season playing at the London Stadium. Bilić went so far as to say about transfer rumors “that the only position in the team I have absolutely no interest in discussing is the goalkeeping spot.”

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Will exile Joe Hart suit up for West Ham next season? It seems that Bilić isn’t interested in a new keeper.
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So while fans may sometimes wish for an “upgrade” in the transfer window, with plenty of speculation on the future of Adrian in the squad, not to mention the constant Joe Hart rumors, it appears that Bilić is happy with the current crop of keepers at West Ham. Of course, football being football, there is a distinct possibility that the board would decide to bring in Joe Hart in the summer from Manchester City or that Adrian would decide that he’s sick of the weather in England and want to go back to Spain, so who knows. But for right now, Bilić is happy with the performance between the sticks, even if the fans sometimes think the posts themselves deserve the “man of the match” award.