West Ham United: David Moyes refuses to be drawn on Adrian's future ahead of Manchester City game
PUBLISHED: 14:16 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 27 April 2018
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Spanish stopper to come in for Premier League clash against Citizens with on-loan Joe Hart ineligible
West Ham United manager David Moyes admits discussions regarding the future of keeper Adrian have been put on hold until Premier League safety is secured.
The Spanish stopper will return between the sticks on Sunday for the visit of Manchester City, with positional rival Joe Hart, on loan from Pep Guardiola’s men ineligible against his parent club.
Throughout the season, there has been speculation linking Adrian with a return to his native Spain.
But Hammers boss Moyes was quick to play down suggestions the clash with the Citizens could see the 31-year-old play his last game for the east Londoners.
“I am hoping Adrian plays so well that I can’t leave him out the following week,” the Scot said at his pre-match press conference.
“If you’re going to beat Manchester City, you need your goalkeeper to play well, whoever it may be.
“There’s no talk about Adrian or Joe or anybody leaving or staying in the summer as we’re not in a position of safety.”
The odds are heavily stacked against West Ham taking anything from Sunday’s game, with City having been dominant domestically this term.
With the Citizens having already wrapped up the title, they may be forgiven for easing up in the closing weeks of the season.
Moyes, though, does not anticipate that to be the case, believing Guardiola’s men will be as determined as ever to get another win.
“I don’t think there is ever a good time to play them with the form they’re in and the players they’ve got,” added the Scot.
“We’ll give them as good a game as we can and we hope we can take the three points.”
If West Ham do cause an upset, it would be a huge boost for the east Londoners in their bid to beat the drop.
A 3-0 win at home to struggling Southampton on March 31 took the Hammers five points clear of the bottom three.
Over the next three games, though, West Ham have only been able to extend that advantage by a point, collecting two from a possible nine.
Regardless, Moyes’ men remain in a good position to stay up and the Scot knows they are slowly edging their way to safety.
“It was always going to be tough, but our home form has been quite good and if we can win one or two at home then we’ll be safe,” said Moyes, who turned 55 on Wednesday.
“None of the games are easy, but the crowd have been really good at home. The players and club have really grown into the stadium.
“We’re enjoying it a bit more now and hopefully that’ll show in our performances and results.”
Moyes also revealed Pedro Obiang, who has been absent since injuring his knee in the FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic in January, could return before the end of the season.