West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that the club will likely give Angelo Ogbonna despite his current fitness concerns.
As things stand, the defender’s contract will run out at the end of this season in the summer of 2022 (via Transfermarkt). During the club’s last Premier League outing – their 3-2 win over Liverpool – Ogbonna sustained an unfortunate anterior cruciate ligament injury.
There is every chance that the 33-year-old will miss the rest of the season as a direct consequence. Obviously, that means that he could well have played his last game for the Hammers.
However, while speaking on The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee stated that the club may look to offer the Italian a new contract regardless of his injury status.
He said: “The club have reassured him apparently that he will still get at least a year’s extension to his contract.
“Apparently, they’ve said to him that regardless of the injury, because of your commitment to the club and your level of performance over the years, we will be prepared to offer you a year’s contract.”
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If what Ex says turns out to be true, it will certainly be a kind gesture made by the club, who have no obligation to offer any new contract to the player.
And having suffered such a serious injury at the latter stage in his career – he could be 34 years old before he plays again – there is no guarantee that Ogbonna will ever get back to his best.
Even so, the Italian has probably earned some loyalty from manager David Moyes for his excellent recent performances. Earlier this season, the defender scored the only goal of the game against Everton – helping the Hammers boss claim a win over his former side.
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Before his injury, Ogbonna had also featured in every league game of the season, losing just twice. These performances are no doubt why a contract extension looks likely to be offered.