West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford ready to kick on


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West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford insists he is ready to kick on with his career now after putting pen-to-paper on a new four-and-a-half year contract.

The 18-year-old joined West Ham’s academy in 2011 after spending a few years with Tottenham’s youth set-up and he was handed his first team debut in 2014.

The midfielder has featured seven times for West Ham, who are priced at 10,00 to be relegated, and recently was reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Oxford was the second youngest player to start a Premier League match when he was handed his league debut in the 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates last term.

The England under-20 international has not been handed too many chances this campaign due to injury, making just one start in the Premier League, and he feels he can now start to kick on. Oxford said: “I just want to kick on now.

“There was a lot of speculation about my future but I am happy it has been done and I can get back to football.”

Slaven Bilic has been unable to turn to Oxford to help out with the West Ham’s recent struggles due to an ankle injury that he seen him miss six weeks.

However, he feels the midfielder has huge potential and has tipped him to become a world-class player.

Bilic said: “I really believe he has got everything. “On paper he has all the abilities to become a world-class player and it is now up to him to train hard and for us to manage him well for him to fulfil it.”

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