Parker admits he may quit West Ham
Scott Parker concedes he may have to consider a future away from West Ham if they are unable to stave off relegation this season.
Parker, 30, won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award for his performances this season and would not be short of offers if he left Upton Park.
West Ham's co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have already admitted that the club's top players may have to leave, rather than attempt to continue their international careers in the Championship. However, it is the first time that a player has spoken out about the situation.
''I'm like every player, I want to be playing at the highest level I can and in the Premier League,'' he told the London Evening Standard. ''I don't know what the future holds for me but, for the moment, I'm still keeping everything crossed that West Ham stay up. Otherwise . . .''
The East Londoners languish bottom of the table with just two matches remaining and Parker admits it will be a big ask to secure their place in the Premier League next season.
''It's not looking good. It's out of our hands a bit even if we win both our games,'' he said. ''I would be lying if I said we had a good opportunity of surviving but there's still a slight chance we can do something. All we can do is win our final two games and then see what happens. You never know.''
Parker has been with West Ham since 2007 and signed a new five-year contract in September 2010, making him the highest-paid player in the club's history.
He added: ''From the minute that I signed for West Ham I learned what a good club they are, the history, the fan base. They're a massive club and it's a great shame that, over the past few years, they have been dogged by one problem after another.
''When the current owners took over it looked as though there would be more stability but then came this season and the poor results on the pitch. It's very disappointing and it hurts me a lot. I have the utmost respect for the fans. Yes, I'm winning awards because I'm playing the best football of my career. Why? Because I feel wanted here and it feels like home.''