By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Jan, 2022 | 4:40pm

Lukasz Fabianski hopes to remain at West Ham for much longer

Lukasz Fabianski hopes to remain at West Ham beyond the end of the 2021-22 campaign, but he appears unsure of the chances of that happening.

The Hammers goalkeeper, 36, is out of contract this June, and while there have been several claims that a new deal is on the cards, nothing official has come out yet to that effect.

Fabianski has maintained his starting berth despite the arrival of Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, and he has told Standard Sports he wants to keep going for as long as he can.

Asked whether he would still be at the London Stadium next season, the former Arsenal goalie told Standard Sport: “I hope so. I don’t know what to say, it is always a tricky question.

“I am very happy in this present time and present moment. I am really focused on doing well for the club and if everything goes well then I don’t see any other options.

“I just keep pushing. It is a matter of health, a matter of playing at the right level and if I continue to do that I don’t set myself any time. I wouldn’t want to be judged by age, I wanted to be looked at with the way I perform on the pitch.

“I will continue to do my best, look after myself to stay fit and be at the good level. That is the main thing, try to keep pushing and do my best for this football club.

“It is a really special time to be part of this club at this moment. The club is going in a really good direction.”

Future in doubt?

Talks over an extension are definitely ongoing between player and club, but his latest comments suggest that an agreement is not near being reached.

Areola is ready to step in and take over from Fabianski should he move on, but David Moyes will most likely want to hold on to the Pole for much longer.

He has only kept five clean sheets in 21 top-flight appearances so far this season, but he is one of the reasons West Ham are currently in the top-four.

He is keeping Areola away from the starting XI, and given how much he has improved and become consistent since the Frenchman arrived, he deserves to remain at the London Stadium beyond next summer.

Whether that could have a huge say on the future of the PSG man remains to be seen, but West Ham have more than enough quality depth in the position at the moment, and that is good to see.

Fabianski has been constantly kept on his toes by Areola, and Moyes is benefiting a lot from the fierce competition.

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