16-year-old starlet Anouar El Mhassani speaks out after joining the Hammers from Ajax
“Of course it’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “I feel really pleased to be here. It’s a big step for me in my life as well as my football career, but I feel as though I am ready.
“After eight years at Ajax, I feel like I have seen it all and this is a new challenge, so it’s good for me.
“West Ham’s success in the Academy is something that I kept in my mind. West Ham is a good Academy, so it was a good step for me to come here and develop myself.”
Michail Antonio says his recovery is going well
“Everything is going well and things are on track really. I’m out here [in Austria] working on the strength, and from there running and working on the technique.
“I’m going to keep working hard. It’s a month to the start of the season, so it’s not that far away. I’ll just keep moving forward and doing well.”
Hammers physio Joe Rogan also updated us on Antonio’s progress
“We all know Michail’s assets are [his] physicality and athleticism, so we have to train him accordingly. He has a capacity much greater than the average athlete, so you have to make sure you don’t undercook him by pushing him harder.”
Chenise Austin joins West Ham Ladies on a five-year-deal
“Greg (De Carnys) and Karen (Ray) came to see me and their plan for the next five years for West Ham Ladies is something to look forward to.
“I played a couple of friendlies for the Club previously, so I know the staff are amazing and the quality of the squad is really good.
“With the Ladies being part of the main club, the foundations are there for the future.”