West Ham have been dealt a major blow in their chase for Patrick Schick after the Czech Republic striker revealed he isn’t looking to leave Bayer Leverkusen.
The Hammers had been linked with a £40m move for the Bundesliga striker [The Mirror], with new owner Daniel Kretinsky’s cash expected to help the club afford such a deal.
After scoring in the 2-2 draw with Union Berlin at the weekend, Schick moved to 17 Bundesliga goals in 15 appearances this season.
Speaking to BILD after the game, the Czech forward revealed that he is very happy in Germany and has no reason to think about leaving for another club right now.
“I’m really, very happy in Leverkusen and I want to go to the Champions League with Bayer 04,” he said.
“I love to live in Germany. At the moment it is not at all an issue for me to think of another club. Everyone knows my contractual situation. And I would never cause problems for a club to push through a change.”
The chances of a deal were always slim, but that pretty much kills them dead in the water.
Schick has a contract that runs until 2025 with no release clause, so Leverkusen would have been entitled to ask for whatever sum of money they chose but with the player not looking to leave that number would only have gone up.
With Michail Antonio the undisputed number one striker at the club, it would’ve been interesting to see how Moyes planned to use them together or if Schick would have ousted the Jamaican.
But ultimately, ‘genius‘ Schick is in the same position at Leverkusen as he would be in England except there is more of a path for progression there.
Both sides are trying to become Champions League outfits, but West Ham have got far more obstacles in front of them in the shape of the ‘Big Six’.
He also knows that at Leverkusen if he continues to perform he’ll eventually get a transfer away, whereas Premier League sides tend to be less willing sellers because of the amounts of money at their disposal.
With no guarantees of being first-choice and his time in Germany going so well, it’s no surprise that Schick isn’t looking to move any time soon.
West Ham will have to take this blow and move on, looking for another attacking target who can step in and ease the load on Antonio while competing for his spot as starting striker too.
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