Insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that defender Angelo Ogbonna wants to end his career with West Ham United and is hopeful of getting a contract extension.
What’s the word?
It’s not as if the Hammers don’t have a few decent options at centre-back within the club right now. After all, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer have all been signed in relatively recent times.
And at 34 years of age, these deals may suggest the club are planning for a future without Ogbonna. What’s more, his contract is up in the summer and so it remains unclear if he’ll be offered a new deal.
Despite that, the Italian has still been used fairly regularly by David Moyes over the past few weeks in the Premier League and so it suggests that the manager still rates him.
While talking about the player on an update for The West Ham Way Patreon page, Ex revealed the talks are yet to take place but a new deal seems to be on the card.
He explained: “Nayef Aguerd has been the one grabbing all the attention since his return to the side, but alongside him, Angelo Ogbonna has also done a great job at steadying the ship.
“He has recently made it very clear that he wishes to finish his career at West Ham and is hoping the club will offer him another one-year extension to his contract which expires [at] the end of his campaign.
“At the moment, it’s believed that no new contract discussions have taken place with the player, or any other of those who are out of contract at the end of the season but the club have certainly been impressed with Ogbonna since he returned and a new deal seems likely at this stage.”
Plenty to offer still
With Kurt Zouma injured of late, the need to use Ogbonna has been prevalent with the centre-back playing in the last four consecutive league games against Chelsea, Newcastle United, Everton and Wolves.
Moyes seems to have a fair amount of faith in the defender beyond these recent displays too. Indeed, last season when his contract was set to expire, the manager handed Ogbonna an extension even though he’d recently suffered an ACL injury.
A classy gesture such as that goes a long way to explaining why the Italian would be happy to end his career at West Ham. He joined back in 2015 from Juventus and has gone on to play over 200 times in claret and blue – which is more than any other team he has featured for across the span of his career.
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