Aaron Cresswell
Aaron Cresswell joined West Ham in the summer of 2014 from Ipswich Town Getty

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he is not surprised Aaron Cresswell has been linked to Chelsea and Manchester City but assures "there is absolutely no desire" at the Hammers to let the left-back leave the club in the summer.

The 25-year-old defender moved to Upton Park in the summer of 2014 after West Ham agreed to pay around £2m ($3m) to Ipswich Town to secure his services.

The English defender has since become a pivotal player for Allardyce, having featured in all 32 Premier League games this season, while scoring two goals.

Recent reports claimed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had been attracted by Cresswell's excellent campaign at Upton Park amid the uncertain future of Filipe Luis at Stamford Bridge. The Blues defender has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid just a year after his arrival, with him failing to beat Cesar Azpilicueta to a starting spot.

While other reports also linked the West Ham star with a move to the Etihad Stadium, Allardyce, in his weekly Standard Sport column, wrote West Ham are not likely to negotiate Cresswell's departure.

"No surprise Cresswell is a big attraction. This is the time of the season when speculation about players' futures begins to increase. For example, Aaron Cresswell has been linked with several clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City this week," Allardyce wrote.

"Aaron has had a good first season in the Premier League. He's played every game and has shown a good level of consistency. He knows he can improve further and I am sure there is absolutely no desire at West Ham to let him go."

"What makes players like him attractive to the big clubs is that he is home-grown and squads must have eight of those in the Premier League and five in the Champions League."

Meanwhile, other reports in Spain have claimed the Chelsea manager is also monitoring Valencia left-back sensation Jose Luis Gaya and is considering meeting his €18m release clause should Luis leave the club.