By Daniel Feliciano

8th Aug, 2022 | 5:40pm

ExWHUemployee: Issa Diop refused to play for West Ham United in defeat v Manchester City

Issa Diop ruled himself out of playing for West Ham in their Premier League opening day defeat to Manchester City, according to ExWHUemployee.

The Hammers were well beaten at the London Stadium as Erling Haaland grabbed two goals on his debut against a makeshift defence, with Kurt Zouma the only natural centre-back available for the hosts.

It’s now emerged however that 25-year-old Diop was fit for the game, but chose not to make himself available as he wanted his future sorted having been told he’s the fifth-choice centre-back according to Ex on his podcast, something he also did for the pre-season game against Lens.

“Issa Diop I’ve known about for about two weeks now,” he said.

“He’s basically downed tools and said he wants his future sorted out and he’s not prepared to really commit to West Ham until he knows what is happening at Fulham, as well as Lyon and a couple of French clubs who have been on the periphery of signing him for a while now.

“Fulham have put in a bid and Moyes rejected it, he said we could get more for him. Basically at the same time he told Diop he’s fifth choice centre-back.

“Did he refuse to play against Man City? Basically, he’s decided that being fifth choice has unsettled his mind. It started with the Lens pre-season game. The club gave the official line that he was suffering from a cold. Now, I would beg to differ whether that was the case.

“I believe, from what I’ve heard and basically Moyes confirmed it now, but Moyes said something like, in not as blunt terms, that Issa wasn’t prepared to actually play in the game against Man City.

“He pretty much ruled himself out of playing against Man City. He didn’t want to play against Lens and he didn’t want to play against Man City because he wanted his future sorted out. With that in mind obviously the board weren’t happy.”

Bang out of order

Whether he wants to leave the club or has been told he’s the last defender Moyes will pick, it’s bang out of order for Diop to refuse to play.

The club are currently paying his wages and while a move to Fulham has now been accelerated because of his behaviour, we should never have been put in that position by him.

After such a good spell at the club, he was at one point a fan favourite who had sympathy from fans who felt he deserved regular football either with us or elsewhere.

But now we can’t wait for him to get gone so that we can move on to players who actually want to be here and wear the shirt with pride.

It’s completely disrespectful and while we will miss out on a few quid by accepting Fulham’s bid for him, it’s for the best that that type of attitude is out of the dressing room as soon as possible.