By Joe Ellis

13th May, 2022 | 7:10pm

West Ham United captain Mark Noble 'not bothered' if he plays last game

West Ham United will play their final home game of the season on Sunday (15 May) as they welcome league leaders Manchester City to the capital.

The Hammers could do with a victory to keep the pressure on Manchester United for sixth in the Premier League but with Pep Guardiola’s title-chasing Citizens on their way, it looks a tall order.

It will also be Mark Noble’s last home game for the Irons after over 15 years of service to the club and he appears set to bid his final farewell to the supporters this weekend.

It will be an emotional occasion but the captain insists that he isn’t bothered about playing in his last game at the weekend.

“I’m not bothered at all if I play,” Noble said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “I’ve spoken about it with the manager.

“For me, the club getting into Europe again, into the Europa League, outweighs a sentimental send-off for me.

“Obviously, I’m going to get a great reception, I know that and if I get some minutes great but I have played enough minutes in my life. We need to worry about getting the points rather than worrying about me.”

Forever selfless

You would expect absolutely nothing less from Noble who has been an exemplary professional ever since he arrived at the club back in the day.

He has always been about the team first and that has become even more apparent in the last couple of years with Premier League starts becoming more and more difficult to come by for the 34-year-old.

Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have had the midfield positions on lockdown ever since the latter arrived from his native Czech Republic but not once has the Hammers skipper moaned.

He could have easily demanded more game time or even a transfer to receive it if he wanted and no West Ham supporter would have begrudged him for it but he’s stuck by us all the way.

Let’s hope he does get that huge and emotional send-off and we can send him on his way into retirement with a victory to keep our Europa League qualification hopes well and truly alive.

In other West Ham news, this former Hammers favourite will need to drop his wage demands dramatically to make a return to the club.

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