West Ham owner David Sullivan previously insisted that his children said him not to sign José Fonto from Southampton – and the Portugal international fired back by saying that it is very disrespectful.
Fonte has been struggling so far to prove that he can be a valuable part of the Hammers’ squad as he hadn’t been playing so well and after that, he suffered an injury. Sullivan said that it was just Bilic’s decision to sign Fonte and he didn’t want to do so but the player himself was shocked by these statements as the owner shows zero respect towards him.
He reacted by saying that he doesn’t want to get involved in a possible fight with his boss, according to Sky Sports: “It’s ignorance. I’m not going to say anything. It’s not going to change who I am. It’s not going to change what I do. I’m going to keep being the good professional that I am. I am going to keep working hard to try and help my team-mates and the manager. What has been said has no effect on me or who I am.”
Fonte also insisted that he is not the one who will decide about his future with the club but he has faith in his own abilities as he is experienced enough and he has achieved a lot of things during his long career: “That decision is not for me. I am 33 years of age. I have 500 or 600 appearances. I know what I have done in football. I know how hard I have to work to be in this position.”
In the end, he claimed that he is not planning to change the way he works and behaves: “It makes no difference to me. I will still continue to be the same guy I have always been.”