Anyone believing that Slaven Bilic and Diafra Sakho have new issues with each other may need to stop believing that ASAP, according to Bilic himself.
In an interview with WHUFC.com on Wednesday, the West Ham manager cleared up rumors of an alleged argument between him and the injury plagued Senegalese striker.
Those bizarre speculations came when Sakho did not participate in the 2-2 draw at Sunderland on Saturday. An article from the “trusted and reliable source” that is The Sun was published on Sunday, indicating that the forward was angry with Bilic over being denied a starting spot against the last place Black Cats. Sun writer Daniel Cutts even mentioned that Bilic and Sakho had past contention with each other, sparking why the 27-year-old seemed headed to West Brom in the summer before failing a physical because of his agonizing back.
But Bilic denied those rumors of a latest possible dust up with Sakho.
“It was in the papers that I had a row with Diaf, but no, there is no rift between us,” he said. “I called Diaf on the day we travelled to Sunderland and asked him what was happening because he got injured and all that.”
“He said ‘I am only frustrated because I have a small injury but I hope to be back for the game against Everton’ and we will see that. There was no argument whatsoever between us. I can say from my direct conversation with Diaf that it’s not the case and it’s not true what it said in the ‘papers.”
We shall see if something arises from this. But with how The Sun operates (and with how some have responded to how they operate), more proof is required to believe their pudding.