According to a report for the Athletic, Michail Antonio wants to retire at West Ham, and the club have an option of extending his current deal which is set to expire next summer by a further 12 months.

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The 30-year-old forward, who earns £70,000 per week at the London Stadium (Spotrac), joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 for around £7 million (BBC).

And he has gone on to be a brilliant signing for the east London outfit.

Antonio is one of the most popular players at West Ham. He is also one of the most important members of David Moyes’s squad.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The former Forest man offers the Hammers something that they do not other wise possess in the final third, what with his power and pace.

His current deal with West Ham is due to expire next summer. But the Athletic claims that the east London outfit have the option of extending that deal by another 12 months.

Forward could see out his playing days in east London

They also suggest that Antonio actually wants to retire at the London Stadium.

 

The powerful forward’s game is built around explosive pace. And with that in mind, he probably only has another three or four years left at his peak.

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Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

So he will be hoping for another two or three-year deal with the Hammers next summer.

The problem with that, however, is Antonio’s less than impressive injury record. He has had terrible problems with his hamstrings. And the Hammers board might be reluctant to commit to a long-term deal for someone who is undoubtedly important, but also physically fragile at times.

It will be a really important decision for the owners to make this summer. Especially considering the attacker’s £70,000 per week wages.

Most West Ham fans will surely want the 30-year-old to be given a new deal, however.

He will surely be worth it for his commitment and work ethic alone.

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