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Opinion: Angelo Ogbonna will surely leave West Ham at end of the season

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Opinion: Angelo Ogbonna will surely leave West Ham at end of the season

We think that this season may well be the last one for Italian centre-back Angelo Ogbonna as a West Ham United player.

The 34-year-old suffered a serious ACL injury last season – one that kept him out of action for around nine months.

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Ogbonna has returned to the first-team setup this season and has played a few European games here and there as well as two late cameo appearances in the Premier League.

The 13-capped Italy international, signed from Juventus for £8 million in 2015 (Daily Mail), will be out of contract in the summer and he’ll be 35 before the end of this season.

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And we believe that it may well be the end of the road for Oggy at the London Stadium…

Angelo Ogbonna may leave West Ham at the end of the season

The Italian is clearly past his best from a physical perspective.

That’s not to say that he wont be an important player for us this season, he undoubtedly will, especially behind the scenes inside the dressing room.

He was a superb centre-back in his prime and has been a great player for West Ham.

West Ham skipper Declan Rice absolutely raved about the 34-year-old a couple of years ago, as quoted by the club’s official website:

He is so good. Honestly, he has just gone to another level this season. He looks like a real top, top centre-half. He always has been, but this season he has really stepped up when it really mattered.

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We have to say though, Ogbonna’s days could be numbered.

It’s so hard to return from an ACL injury, especially at his age. David Moyes has Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd at his disposal as well.

In addition to those players, Moyes has been heavily linked with further central defensive reinforcements.

If Angelo Ogbonna does leave West Ham at the end of the season, it would be nice to bring him back to the London Stadium in some kind of capacity, at some point in the future.

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