Defender committed to Bundesliga stay despite talk of West Ham return

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West Ham defender Reece Oxford has said he will not look to leave Borussia Monchengladbach in January despite having the option to do so.

The 18 year old has failed to play a single minute of first team football since joining the Bundesliga club on loan in the summer, and although the centre back has confirmed that there is an option for his spell in Germany to be cut short, he would much prefer staying at Gladbach. He told German tabloid Bild:

“It’s true that I have the option to go back to West Ham prematurely, but I’m not looking for it, but I just want to play here at Borussia. I’m only focused on training and the possibility to play.”

Oxford seems to be determined to fight for his place and replicate the success of Andreas Christensen who has broken into the Chelsea first team following a successful two-year spell at Gladbach.

The defender has unfortunately not had much luck with his loan spells so far. Last season, the Hammers loaned Oxford out to high flying Championship side Reading but he managed to play just five games for the Royals before returning to the London stadium.

In better news however, Italian publication Tuttosport has nominated Oxford for their “Golden Boy” prize for the most promising young talent despite his lack of minutes at club level.

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