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Mel: I'd be happy to stay

Pepe Mel is keen to stay at West Bromwich Albion but has warned that an overhaul of the squad is required this summer.

Mel signed an 18-month contract when he took charge at The Hawthorns in January but it has since emerged that that there is a clause which would give either side the option of severing the deal.

Talks will take place at the end of the season and the club can now look forward to another year in the Premier League after results this weekend made it almost certain that they will not be relegated, despite a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.

And Mel has made it clear that he would like to remain in charge at West Brom, primarily because of the way he has been received by the fans.

"I can tell you now I will be extremely happy to be at West Brom next season," he said, quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

"The supporters have been the best; very, very kind with me. This is why I'll be happy to continue on together.

"After the Stoke game, we have a meeting and then we'll decide whether or not I'll be at West Brom next season.

"The really important thing is that the club know what I think. I will meet the chairman and express what I want to continue."

Regardless of who is in charge next season, Mel says there is a major rebuilding job to be done as there are many players whose futures have yet to be decided.

He said: "There are 13 players out of contract, so it will be like building a new team.

"It's a decision West Brom have taken, not a decision I have taken. West Brom have a lot of work to do."