Fans should not fret over Vladimir Coufal’s future at West Ham United.
Hammers supporters were concerned after reports emerged recently that key player Coufal was ‘unhappy’ with a new contract offer made by the club.
Coufal has been a revelation since joining for a bargain £5.5 million from Slavia Prague.
His heroic performances, boundless energy and enthusiasm and passion have quickly cemented Coufal as a West Ham cult hero.
Reports claimed Coufal was “unhappy” with new contract offer from West Ham
There has been a lot of negativity surrounding West Ham transfer activity – or lack of it thus far.
Earlier in the window star player Declan Rice was being relentlessly linked with a move away after a report from The Telegraph claimed he has turned down two new contract offers from West Ham.
And Coufal was reported by several sources including Sky Sports as being ‘unhappy’ with the terms on offer in a new contract of his own.
“It is understood the initial contract extension offered to Coufal is weighted more on appearances and performances rather than a major hike in his basic salary, which has left the player feeling as though the quality of his performances is not being reflected,” Sky Sports claimed.
Insider says Coufal was offered more money in new deal
But now West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has refuted those accusations and claimed the brilliant right-back has indeed been offered more money as a reward for his performances since joining the club.
And Ex has moved to clarify the defender’s situation, telling West Ham fans they shouldn’t be worried about the fan favourite leaving.
“He has been offered a new contract, obviously he’s only been at the club about eight or nine months, something like that,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast.
“It is more money than he is on now – not a huge amount more because his pay increase from when he left Slavia Prague to join West Ham was a significant increase.
‘It’s nothing to panic about’
“He’s got four years left on his contract so really West Ham don’t have to offer him a new contract as such. But they want to sort of show their gratitude for his performances and show that they see him as a big part of the long-term plans that they have actually offered him a new deal.
“But it’s been going in the papers and everything about how Coufal’s rejected it and he was offered the same money he was on before and it’s not true. He has been offered more money… there’s no rush to get it done because obviously he’s got four years left.
“But I don’t think there are any concerns the fact he hasn’t signed it yet. If I was Coufal personally I would wait three or four months, continue the high level of performance he is putting in and maybe talk about it then but it’s nothing to panic about at the moment.”