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West Ham's Neill denies pay increase demands

West Ham captain Lucas Neill has fervently denied that he asked the club for a pay increase otherwise he would quit.

Reports have said that the Australian defender demanded an improved deal from the financially unstable owners, but Neill has quashed those rumours.

"No, not at all," Neill told Sky Sports.

"My reaction was to laugh it off. Obviously because it's clearly untrue, but for 40,000 West Ham fans there is a different reaction. The first one is 'how dare he?' and 'how greedy'.

"I know the situation with the club and the way things have gone. I love the club. I love the role that I have. I relish the challenge.

"It's just for me now being 31 in March it's about being able to play as long as I can.

"There's been no on-going negotiations," he added.

"There's been no talk of how long, how much. It's just been a case of me saying I want to finish my career at West Ham.

"I made that statement at the season and when the time is right and when the time is right for the club, because it's not their priority at the moment, then we'll do it.

"It's just interesting all the things come out now which are totally untrue and unquoted. It doesn't affect me, but obviously it can sometimes influence people involved in the club."

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