Fabian Balbuena rejected a January exit from West Ham United according to the player’s agent Renato Bittar.
The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Corinthians for £4 million in the summer of 2018 (The Sun).
He made a fine start to his West Ham career at the London Stadium but his form nose-dived during the 2019/20 campaign.
Balbuena rediscovered his best form at the start of this season when he forced his way back into David Moyes’s side after Issa Diop was sidelined with Covid.
Unfortunately for the Paraguayan international, however, Craig Dawson came into the Hammers side just after Christmas and hasn’t looked back since.
West Ham were open to selling Fabian Balbuena on deadline day, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The 29-year-old remained in East London, however.
And Balbuena’s agent Renato Bittar told Futgol970y how his client rejected a move way from the Hammers late on in January:
“Fabian (Balbuena) had isolated himself due to contact with a Covid-19 case, and is returning to the team. We are seeing some things for him, nothing from Lazio. We had a very juicy proposal from the Arab League, and Fabian told me; let’s wait, let’s stay in Europe.”
Balbuena is out of contract with West Ham in the summer.
The Paraguayan will be 30 in August, so the Hammers have a big decision to make. Do we accept losing him on a free transfer and get his £45k-a-week wages (FLFC) off our books?
Or do we offer him a new deal? It really depends on whether David Moyes sees the 29-year-old as an important part of West Ham’s future.
Only time will tell.