David Moyes opens up on Angelo Ogbonna new contract talks at West Ham United
David Moyes has admitted West Ham United are yet to enter negotiations with Angelo Ogbonna about a new contract at the London Stadium, despite his recent return to form, as shared by Claret and Hugh.
The centre-back’s current deal at the London Stadium expires this summer, and the player previously suggested this season he would be open to sitting down at the table and discussing new terms. [Football London, 12 October]
However, when asked by reporters on Friday if the club had offered the 35-year-old a new deal, manager Moyes claimed Ogbonna had been a “really good servant” and talks were yet to open.
He said: “We’ve not gone into the new contracts yet.
“It’s good to see Angelo back playing well. Coming back from a cruciate at 34 and getting back into form, it’s taken him a while. We hoped to get him back at the start of the season but it’s taken a bit longer and he’s had to wait a bit to get an opening.
“He probably needed the European games, the pre-season and, in truth, the winter break games if I’m being honest.
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“I’m pleased he’s done a really good job, he’s been a really good servant, but the truth is we’ve not got round to discussing any contracts at the moment.”
At 35 years old and on the back of a serious cruciate injury, it could well be time for Ogbonna to move on from West Ham United in the summer.
As Moyes put it, Ogbonna has been a great servant to the club, but you can tell he lacks a yard of pace and gets caught out by the frantic nature of the Premier League too often for fans’ liking.
With Nayef Aguerd thriving since his summer move and Kurt Zouma a steady presence in the heart of the West Ham defence, it does seem like things are moving in the wrong direction for Ogbonna.
The only worry is that the Hammers also sanctioned the summer exit of Craig Dawson to Wolves, so it could leave Moyes a little short-staffed at centre-back next season. However, if given the funds to reinvest, it could allow the Scot to refresh his squad and add some fresh, young legs to it this summer.