Courtois Patient

Laurent Courtois says he has no immediate plans to return to France, despite rumours of interest from Nantes.

"The story came from from France," he says, "but now I am in England and I want to prove things here. For the moment I am not looking in France.

"We will see at the end of the season what they want to do with me, but I love this club very much, and I can do much better.

"I can score goals and want to be part of things here. After what I showed I thought it was easier for the coach to put me in the squad more often to prove that I can be a solution for him.

"But it is not the case at the moment. I have to wait for injuries and suspensions, and I don't like this.

"I want to be a first choice so that is why I am working hard and hopefully I will get the chance to do my best for the club."

Laurent came on as a substitute for the injured Trevor Sinclair on Sunday and, with Trevor doubtful, could start at Stamford Bridge if Trevor fails a late fitness test.

He admits his return to action was an inauspicious one last weekend, with the side being roundly beaten, but explains: "It was very disappointing, but it is a long time since I was in the first team and to come back like this is very poor.

"You know when you come on and it happens like this it is not good for me. We have to work hard for the next game to get better.

"Trevor is doing very well on the left midfield, and that is good, but it is hard to be involved in things and to be at your best when you have not played a long time.

"It was very sad last week, because it is not that Chelsea were good, it was us beating ourselves. We gave easy goals away and that is not correct.

"All the squad has to react quickly this Saturday."

Laurent's friend Fredi Kanoute, who recommended him to West Ham in the summer, is a father for the first time. His wife has given birth to baby son Ibrahim.