West Brom boss Tony Pulis says James Chester remains part of his plans despite the defender’s lack of first-team football.
Former Hull centre-back Chester became the Baggies most expensive ever signing for a defender when he joined for £8million in the summer.
However the 26-year-old has made only one start in the Premier League this season and admitted on Monday he may be forced to seek a move away from the Hawthorns.
Pulis, meanwhile, has revealed that he has explained to Chester why he is not getting picked, and is adamant the defender is still happy at West Brom.
“James wants to play and I understand that but he’s a very important member of the squad,” he said.
“I’ve spoken with him and he’s absolutely fine. There are no problems and we are looking forward to this weekend’s game against Arsenal.”
Pulis’ outfit have kept more clean sheets than other team in the Premier League this season, with Jonny Evans and Gareth McCauley the preferred centre-half pairing and Craig Dawson the first-choice right-back.
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