Morgan Amalfitano’s agent has told Italian clubs eyeing the Albion sensation that he is going nowhere.
The on-loan Marseille wideman is described as “very happy” at the Baggies raising the Hawthorns club’s hopes of clinching a permanent deal next summer.
Agent Ludovic Fattizzo has told both Roma and Juventus, who have been linked to Amalfitano, that it is ‘impossible’ for them to sign him in January.
Reports in the Italian media this week claimed the Turin-based Serie A giants could compete for Amalfitano’s signature, if not in January, then when his Albion loan stint ends in the summer. Baggies head coach Steve Clarke is keen to hang onto the 27-year-old Marseille midfielder who has been a big hit in a transformed Albion side, scoring against Manchester United in the historic 2-1 victory.
His performances have also attracted the attention of Roma, who sit top of Serie A with seven straight wins, and 2013 champions Juventus.
Roma are now managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia who knows Amalfitano well, having been coach of Lille for five years before taking up the position in Italy.
However, Fattizzo said: “The boy at the moment is very happy where he is, the Premier League excites him.
“We will not see him transfer now, indeed I would say that there is zero chance for January, maybe in June.
“We will discuss this issue again in February after the winter market.”
His impact at Albion has been confirmed by his team-mates who have been equally stunned by Amalfitano’s smooth adaption to Premier League football.
Defender Billy Jones, who shares duties on the right-flank with the French star, said: “Straight away he made an impact. I’ve been in the situation when you sign and people are judging you – ‘what’s this guy all about?’ So we were looking at all of the signings.
“But he’s been good, technically he’s been very, very good and obviously the qualities he’s shown while dribbling he’s just gone on and on.
“We knew we were fortunate to get ‘Sess’ because I know whenever we’ve played Sunderland he’s been their best player. And Victor (Anichebe) always scores against us – and we know the kind of player he is. But we didn’t know much about Morgan before he arrived but he has been super from the start.”