West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has released a statement claiming his side’s striker Saido Berahino is not for sale, after the England international was being speculated with a move away from The Hawthorns.
Peace said: “I wish to assure out supporters that Said Berahino will not be going anywhere in January or, I hope, next summer. It is not in our minds at all to trade a football the club has worked so diligently to develop.”
“He is contracted to play for West Bromwich Albion until at least the summer of 2017 and we are happy to sit down with him and discuss extending that commitment in terms which recognise his continuing improvement as a footballer and his growing importance to our plans.”
“We have begun that process by opening preliminary talks with Saido’s representatives.”
Berahino has just been called up to the senior England squad for the first time for his recent good form, and if he is able to impress further with the national team the interest for the 21-year old will only surely increase.
Peace then went on to say this about his call up: “We are delighted that this development has now taken him all the way to the senior England squad.”
“This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido’s progress since he arrived her as an 11-year-old.”
“However, it seems to have also generated unwarranted and excitable speculation about his future – which I wish to stress remains very firmly aligned to this football club.”