West Ham boss Zola: Neill is a required player

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has stated that captain Lucas Neill is a much-needed player at the club.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has stated that captain Lucas Neill is a much-needed player at the club.

Constant speculation has had the Socceroos captain linked with a move away from Upton Park but he has confirmed that he wants to stay at the club and now his manager has publicly revealed his desire to retain Neill.

"There are players that have been very important this season on and off the pitch," said Zola.

"They are the core of this team and I believe they can be the core of this team for a long time.

"The club knows this and they are offering them contracts and they deserve that. It is good for stability. They are positive players and they will help us to build something important.

"Hopefully soon Lucas Neill will be signing a contract.

"Things are going well here we just need to understand that we want this to be for a long time.

"The idea is to make a blend of experienced players and young talented players to mix together and perform.”