A Spanish journalist has already reported the real reason Pablo Fornals wants to leave West Ham and it’s not just game time.

Pablo Fornals is a massive favourite among West Ham fans but has been linked with a move away.

‘Cockney Carzola’ Fornals did not get as much game time as he would have liked with the Hammers last season.

And he now has added competition from over £100m worth of new talent in his two primary positions in the shape of Mohammed Kudus, Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse.

David Moyes recently admitted Fornals often frustrates him but also praised the Spaniard for his vision.

El Desmarque reported during the summer transfer window that Manuel Pellegrini – the man who signed Fornals for West Ham – wanted a reunion with him at Real Betis.

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Fan favourite Fornals has been the subject of much speculation

The report claimed Betis had approached the 27-year-old’s entourage.

There were also links to Sevilla and Saudi clubs before the window closed.

With one year left on his contract, a board confidant recently admitted Fornals looked the most likely player to be sold.

It has been reported this week by Sean Whetstone – who counts Karren Brady and David Sullivan among his contacts – that Fornals has refused to take up a ‘unilateral option to extend his contract at West Ham‘.

That means both the club and Fornals both had to agree to the extension clause in order to activate it.

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Spanish journalist has already reported the real reason Pablo Fornals wants to leave West Ham and it’s not just game time

That means Fornals will be free to agree a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1st.

It has been claimed that Fornals doesn’t want to sign a new deal due to a lack of game time.

That will of course be a factor.

But a Spanish journalist has already reported the real reason Fornals wants to leave West Ham and it’s not just game time.

Last month AS journalist Jose Aspina claimed Fornals is actually specifically targeting a return to La Liga and his homeland with his young family after four years away.

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Game time a factor but Fornals wants to return home to Spain after four years away

“He wants to return to LaLiga (specifically),” Aspina said.

“Several other La Liga teams (besides Sevilla) asked about Fornals this summer, including Betis…

“Fornals is 27 and wants to return to LaLiga and sees Nervión (Sevilla) and the possibility of playing in the Champions League as a magnificent place to continue his career. He has spent the last four seasons at West Ham, since he signed for the London club from Villarreal.”

Fornals is expected to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for West Ham’s European and cup games this season.

He can still play a crucial role for West Ham this season and is a superb character in the dressing room.

Should Jesse Lingard also be signed, it will add even more competition for the Hammers fan favourite.

West Ham fans will undoubtedly be sad to see Fornals go. But perhaps if he does agree a pre-contract with a Spanish club in January, he can focus on going out on a high and getting the farewell he deserves come the end of the season.


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