Neill not leaving West Ham, says agent

April 19, 2008

Lucas Neill's agent has denied the West Ham skipper will be leaving Upton Park in the summer.

The 31-year-old only joined the Hammers from Blackburn in January 2007 but reports this week suggested he could be on his way out of east London as manager Alan Curbishley makes plans for next season.

However, the Australia defender's manager Paddy Dominguez dismissed the report and insists neither he nor Neill had had contact with the club over the matter.

Dominguez told www.foxsports.com.au: 'We have not been approached by West Ham in regards to that, reviewing his contract or taking a pay cut.

'It doesn't make sense that a manager who only 14 months ago brought Lucas to the club and has installed him as captain would look to sell him.

'It would be very strange. Lucas' relationship with Alan is good and he is relishing the role of captain.

'Seeing that it's come from the British tabloids and no quote from Curbishley or West Ham, I wouldn't give it too much credibility.'