Manager Manuel Pellegrini is thought to have been key in pushing for an extension for Cresswell, as he was for the Englishman’s fellow left back Arthur Masuaku a few months ago.
This is interesting, isn’t it? Cresswell’s current deal is worth £50,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], so we can safely assume his new contract has pushed him up to around £55,000-£60,000-per-week. That’s not a massive jump by footballing standards and, of course, it could be an even smaller raise than that. More fascinating than the finances involved, though, is Pellegrini’s desire to get both of his left backs tied down to new contracts within just a few months. Despite all the talk of the club needing to sign a new player at the position last summer because neither Cresswell nor Masuaku truly impressed last season, the Hammers boss himself was clearly happy with what he had. Not every West Ham fan was thrilled with the decision to hand the former Ipswich Town man a new deal, but it does give the club a bit more stability and ensure they can sell him for a decent fee if they opt to at some point in the future.