Zola: I have final Hammers say

New co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan will wait to see if the

Hammers stave off relegation before renewing the deals of the top

earners at the club – including England internationals Matthew

Upson and Robert Green – and now Valon Behrami is the latest star

to face uncertainty about his future. Zola has refuted claims that

the new regime has threatened to undermine his authority, and

claims that he still has the final say on contracts and transfers

at Upton Park. “Of course I still have the final say,” Zola told

the Daily Mirror: “When it comes to football, I tell the owners my

preferences and which players I want. “I know there have been talks

between Behrami and the club and I believe they will talk again at

the end of the season. “I want Behrami to stay. I like him very

much. But we have postponed everything until the end of the season

because the future depends on what the club is doing next season.

The future depends on the present. I think it is totally correct to

do that. “With the owners, the strategy is that we just want to

make sure the club is fine for next year, we are safe and we are in

a better position. Once all this is sorted, then I can tell you

something more. I will be very honest with you.” With the club

struggling with an estimated debt of £95million, the new

co-owners could cash-in on highly-rated Swiss defender Behrami, but

Sullivan claims all the players understand the situation and will

not be sold unnecessarily. Sullivan told the Telegraph: “Everyone

is happy at the club and I have agreed with the manager and the

players that nothing will be done until the end of the season. “I

will not stand in the way of anyone who is unhappy or who wants to

leave. “But I will try and find buyers for anyone who wants to go,”

he said.