Pellegrini: ‘Important’ Carroll is set to stay at West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini does not expect West Ham to sell Andy Carroll this January.

Carroll’s future remains uncertain as he turns 30 on Sunday and only has a contract until the end of the season.

The injury-hit striker has figured only sparingly this term and made his first start in a year against Brighton on Wednesday, only to be taken off at half-time.

Nevertheless, when asked if he expected to lose Carroll, Hammers boss Pellegrini said at a press conference: “I don’t think so, I think Andy will stay here with us, he is an important player for our team.

“He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”