West Ham United midfielder Samir Nasri is likely to turn down the club’s offer of a contract extension, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers news source claims that the club are keen to hand the Frenchman a pay-as-you-play type deal to keep him at the London Stadium beyond his contract expiration at the end of June.
The player’s representatives are said to want £70,000-per-week, as well as a £20,000-per-game bonus. However, with the 31-year-old having made just six appearances since joining, West Ham aren’t willing to give him that.
Nasri’s injury problems are such that the club are only open to a pay-as-you-play deal to protect themselves if he continues to be injury prone. The former Manchester City man, though, isn’t likely to accept that.
He is also currently in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s bad books after turning up late to training in the build up to the final day clash with Watford.
To be honest, this is probably good news for West Ham fans. Some of them may have wanted Nasri to stay on past his current deal, but the fact is he hasn’t done enough during his time at the club to justify an extended stay in east London. He hasn’t been able to stay fit and so it wouldn’t make sense to give him the money he’s after. The French international is a veteran player who’s best days are behind him, so you can’t just assume that his injury problems this season have merely been bad luck. It seems that the Hammers are determined not to fall into that trap, and as such are only willing to pay him when he plays. Nasri, quite rightly from his point of view, doesn’t want to accept something like that. He will want to earn guaranteed money obviously, that’s natural, so it seems as if he will be departing come the end of June. And there likely won’t be too many Hammers supporters upset when he does walk out the London Stadium exit door.