Sam Allardyce has refused to elaborate on the reasons why Ravel Morrison was allowed to join Queens Park Rangers on loan, but insists the midfielder has not played his last game for West Ham United.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a remarkable first half of the season for the Hammers that saw him recognised as an outside challenger for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
But the former Manchester United prodigy was a marginalised figure at Upton Park in the New Year, featuring just once in the league during a period that coincided with West Ham's remarkable turnaround in form that has yielded three straight wins.
With Morrison spending the rest of the season on loan with Harry Redknapp's QPR, Allardyce insists he will only concentrate on players at the club rather than the long term future of the controversial midfielder.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of their weekend clash with Southampton, the West Ham boss was adamant Morrison has not played his last game for the club, but was quick to focus on other areas of his team.
"I'm not answering questions about Ravel Morrison because he is not with us anymore. We've done a deal with QPR and we are playing football against Southampton on Saturday, my focus is the squad of players I've got here," Allardyce said.
"The fact of the matter is Ravel wanted to play some first team football and he wasn't getting as much here as he wanted so we've let him go out on loan.
"Our consistent performances and recent acquisitions have given us a bigger squad and Ravel has found it a bit more difficult to get in.
"We move onto Southampton with the players we've got here at the club."
Morrison's stint at Loftus Road will be the second loan move of his career. After making the move from Manchester to East London, the midfielder joined Birmingham City last season where he won acclaim for his improved attitude and inspiring performances. But after his latest falling out at Upton Park, questions will again be asked of the youngster's temperament.