By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Slaven Bilic has held talks with in-form defender Aaron Cresswell about his future after being linked with boyhood club Liverpool.

Cresswell is said to have attracted interest from Anfield, where he began his career as a youth player before being released.

Following spells at Tranmere and Ipswich, the 26-year-old left-back completed a £3.75million switch to Upton Park in the summer of 2014.

The 26-year-old has been a virtual ever-present since arriving at the London club and has started 33 of their 34 Premier League matches this season, missing just the one game through injury.

Bilic insists Cresswell has told him he wants to stay with West Ham ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium next season and beyond.

“He is having a great season,” said Bilic, as quoted by the West Ham website. “First of all he is a great professional, it’s a privilege to have a player who is always available.

“Last year he was our player of the year. He played every game last year, this year I think he’s missed one.

“He’s improved a lot. With the ball, and on the ball with crosses and his technique, he’s almost a playmaker on the left side of the pitch.

“But defensively he has improved so he became a great full-back and a complete footballer. He gets the interest of so many big clubs.

“I spoke to him. First he is under contract. Second, more important than the length of the contract, is that he is really happy here, he loves it here and he can’t wait for the new season and all that hype.

“Those clubs can try to talk to him but I spoke to him a couple of times, he is very happy and he is going to stay with us for a long time.”

Cresswell has been a key player in an outstanding season for West Ham, who have defied the odds to be sixth in the Premier League and with an outside chance of clinching a top-four finish.

In other West Ham news, co-owner David Gold has cited a referees’ report which shows how the Hammers should be second in the Premier League.