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Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelea Alerted as England Man Pleads for Champions League Football

So very very predictable!

The Rumour

Soccer: Press Conference - England MAR 24

The West Ham defender Matthew Upson is pleased with the way that Gianfranco Zola is taking his team, but thinks that he will have more chance of cementing his place in the England team if he was playing regularly in the Champions League.
And he is “desperate” to move to one of the big four in the near future.
Upson said: “I am desperate to play in the Champions League and that is where I want to be. I have played there with Arsenal and had that experience as a younger player. I would love to achieve that again.
“I really enjoy watching Champions League action. As a player it is the best football to watch.
“Being first choice for England is in my mind. That’s what I’m striving for every day. I’m coming from a negative position in terms of where Rio and JT have been.
“They’re well-established, solid and to come in and make myself a permanent fixture in the team is a very difficult task, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible for me. It’s not my selection, but I just have to keep pushing. The World Cup is a year away, too far away and it’s too early to say.
“I would definitely agree that more European experience in a campaign would help me.
“Playing in the Champions League every season definitely puts you in a position where you can compete against the best players in the world.

The Source: (Daily Mirror)

The Analysis

Gianfranco Zola has taken to football management like a duck to water at West Ham and he clearly has the support all concerned as the east London club looks to move on under new ownership. However Matt Upson seems to be making noises that illustrate his desire to move on and prosper elsewhere.

It’s as understandable as it is frustrating that such a thing would occur but after an excellent couple of seasons at Upton Park the former Arsenal man is now in the England reckoning and probably talking and chatting with his squad member friends and probably feels that he can excel at the highest level which basically means he would like to be at a club who can challenge for the title and also ply his trade in the Champions League, something he last did in 2001 whilst with the Gunners.

Zola is the type of character who would probably not stand in the way of his centre back’s wishes but it must anger him no end that such a thing seems so very inevitable, especially when you see that the club is moving in the right direction. Upson’s comments are all the more understandable given he has just turned 30 and may sense his chances are getting away from him.

Hammers fans should rest easy as I am sure that at least Upson won’t try a Gareth Barry and opt for financial nirvana over ambition.

The Likelihood

Upson to move to a top four club: Very Very possible. Maybe not this summer but perhaps next.

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