Antonio admits he wants to retire at West Ham outlining hugely ambitious targets
Michail Antonio has admitted he wants to retire at West Ham and hopes for a testimonial upon his London Stadium departure.
The striker has just signed a new deal with the Hammers until 2024 with an optional 12-month extension included in the deal.
Antonio set himself an ambitious target of reaching the 100 Premier League goals club by the end of his career, currently boasting 54.
“The last deal I signed before I signed this one I said I want to retire at West Ham and now I am 31 – 32 in two months – got another three-year deal, a nice little three-year deal to take me to 34 with the option of 35.” Antonio told the Footballer’s Football Podcast.
“If I get that option that will take me to ten years at West Ham and hopefully I can get a testimonial.”
He added “I am trying to get to three digits to join that hundred club [100 Premier League goals], not many people have reached that.”
West Ham legend?
Antonio has split Hammers fans’ opinions since joining in 2015 and continues to do so until this day. His unorthodox journey to the Premier League is remarkable and is something that shouldn’t be forgotten when you look at the player he is now.
His time hasn’t been straight forward in East London either. Antonio has suffered major position changes, long spells out injured and out of form as well as nearly being sold on several occasions: only staying at the club in 2018 thanks to an Andy Carroll injury.
He is one of the senior members of this squad who understands the club values and can pass them down to the newer, younger players. With Mark Noble on his way out of the club, that cannot be taken for granted as the Irons look to develop year on year.
His devotion to the club has earned him this new contract and despite coming towards the end of his career in age, hopefully he can make it to a decade at the club whilst joining the 100 club.
That would surely secure his testimonial that he very much deserves.
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