West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini and the club’s fans can rest safe in the knowledge they are not going to lose their star man Lukasz Fabianski anytime soon.
West Ham were dealt a blow last week when Fabianski was ruled out for three months with a hip injury.
The Poland star has been head and shoulders West Ham’s best player since signing for a bargain £7million last summer.
Widely regarded the club’s best goalkeeper since Ludek Miklosko, Fabianski’s injury is a major setback.
Injury lay-off sparked contract concerns
And it also prompted concerns over his future given his contract will be expiring around 18 months after he returns to the Hammers side.
But fans should fear not.
Because according to reports, West Ham have inserted a crucial clause in Fabianski’s contract.
And it means the Hammers have the option to automatically extend his deal by another year at least.
Report claims crucial clause inserted in star’s deal
According to fellow Hammers site Claret & Hugh – which claims to have a top level source at West Ham, believed to be co-owner David Sullivan – the clause was inserted into the goalkeeper’s contract.
“Yes there is an option in place for Lukasz and we will be looking at that nearer the time,” C&H claim they were told by their source.
“Now is the time for him to recover from his injury.”
The only question is, should the clause be extended further.
Goalkeepers tend to be able to play on a lot longer than outfield professionals.
But is it long enough? Give Fab a new deal
And Fabianski is a very young 34.
It could also be argued that Fabianski’s form warrants a new and improved contract anyway.
That could give West Ham the opportunity to extend the deal to perhaps three years, which would give the club more security in one of the most crucial positions on the team.