Grant expects to keep Parker
Avram Grant is confident FWA Player of the Year Scott Parker will stay at West Ham.
Last Updated: 23/04/11 9:13am
Avram Grant is confident Scott Parker will stay at West Ham, while he believes it is good for football that the midfielder was named the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.
The Hammers have struggled towards the bottom of the Premier League all season but Parker has still maintained an exceptional level of individual performance.
His magnificent campaign was recognised with a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award, although Gareth Bale took the prize at Sunday's ceremony.
Parker came out on top with the FWA, though, and Grant is delighted with the decision after touting him as the division's finest throughout the season.
"You know I think he deserves it," he said. "It is good for him, it is good for football.
"Not every time you need to choose players from the top teams.
"Everybody is interested in the top teams but he did a lot for the team, a lot for football.
"He was also good in the games he played for the national team, but for us he's not just a good footballer but a good person.
"I think today everybody who is involved in football and is watching all over can see it is good to be a good footballer but it is important to be a positive person.
"And he is the second man from West Ham to win the award after Bobby Moore, which says something.
"Bobby Moore was one of the greatest ever."
Parker's performances this season have led to reports that numerous clubs may be interested in securing his services over the summer.
However, Grant remains confident that Parker will remain at Upton Park and help the club realise their lofty ambitions.
"Until the summer we have a very long time but I am very positive that Scott will stay because he knows what the future of the club is," said Grant.
"He knows we are going to try and do things better to move forward and he is a big part of it so I think he will stay."