Bilic: Why West Ham star Sakho missed Sunderland clash

Bilic: Why West Ham star Sakho missed Sunderland clash
Diafra Sakho shoots past Matteo Darmian

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Apr 21, 2017. 13:00

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has dismissed reports stating that he had an argument with one of his players, Diafra Sakho.

The Hammers boss has explained why the Senegal international did not feature during the team's 2-2 draw with Sunderland AFC last weekend.

Sakho was left out of West Ham's 18-man squad that faced Sunderland in the English Premier League (EPL) encounter and it was believed that he had a row with Bilic prior to the match.

“It was in the ‘papers that I had a row with Diaf, but no, there is no rift between us," Bilic told West Ham's official website.

"I called Diaf on the day we travelled to Sunderland and asked him what was happening because he got injured and all that.

“He said ‘I am only frustrated because I have a small injury but I hope to be back for the game against Everton’ and we will see that," the Croatian tactician said.

"There was no argument whatsoever between us.

“I can say from my direct conversation with Diaf that it’s not the case and it’s not true what it said in the ‘papers.”

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