Financial hit on Fornals? Club ring fence asset with contract extension.
News has been circulating this afternoon that Pablo Fornals has had his contract extended at West Ham by a further year. The Spanish midfielder’s deal was due to expire at the end of the current season. However, the club has decided to activate a 12-month option clause.
Fornals commitment to West Ham is not in question
Claret and Hugh contacted our top source at the club for confirmation following recent news that Fornals wished to leave London and return to Spain. Sevilla had been rumoured as a possible destination for a player who no longer features for David Moyes.
Understandably, the player wished to return home and play regularly, so the news that the club had decided to extend his stay came as something of a surprise. When asked why the clause had been activated and whether Fornals still wished to leave, our top man replied: “Yes, he does, but by extending the deal, we should get some money in the summer.”
Sensibly, the club is choosing to protect an asset that cost over £20m when purchased under the reign of Manuel Pellegrini.
Fornals was used as an 87th-minute substitute against Crystal Palace; however, it’s clear he has no future under David Moyes.