Filed: Monday, 8th June 2009
By: Staff Writer
Matthew Upson says he is enjoying his football at West Ham - and says that his future is at the club, for now at least.
The 29-year-old defender, who is tipped to succeed Lucas Neill as club captain should the Australian not renew his contract was talking ahead of England's World Cup qualifier against Andorra, where he is again expected to start.
Speaking just hours after news of the Straumur-led takeover was announced Upson - whose contract talks with the Hammers remain ongoing - said that he welcomed the news, calling it a 'positive sign' - before answering questions over his own future.
"I think it's a positive thing from what I can gather," he said. "Any kind of financial investment into the team and into the club is great. We're at a real crucial period in terms of developiong the team and I think it's a positive sign that the manager can maybe go out and strengthen the squad.
"All I know is that I'm very positive that the club has some good financial investment. As a player there I want to improve and I want to develop, as a club and a player. My future's there at the moment, I feel very happy. I'm enjoying my football and I'm enjoying working under Gianfranco Zola - so I think times are good.
"It's the most games I have ever played and the best season of my career to date. I feel I've improved and developed well so I'm very positive about next season."
Upson is set to win his 16th cap at Wembley on Wednesday night where a win for England against the group minnows will be enough to guarantee a place in next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.
The former Arsenal trainee is very well positioned for a spot in Fabio Capello's final World Cup squad of 22 - and admits that an appearance in the competition would represent the pinnacle of his career.
"It would mean everything; it's something I've dreamt of for a long time" he said. "It's something that I've worked very hard for over the last four or five years; it's a big goal of mine to go to a World Cup."
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06:52PM 8th Jun 2009
''Gotta be Upson for captain, regardless of whether Neill stays or not. ''
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