Aaron Cresswell could now quit West Ham after contract twist - pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed Aaron Cresswell will be looking for a longer West Ham contract as he enters the twilight years of his career.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 32-year-old may have to go elsewhere in order to get the right amount of game time and the wage packet he deserves.
Cresswell signed a contract extension until June 2023 four years ago, meaning the left-back’s deal was up for renewal heading into the 2022-23 campaign.
However, club insiders Claret and Hugh (15 November) claim West Ham have chosen to activate a one-year extension clause to keep him at the London Stadium until 2024.
Cresswell, who turns 33 next week, has started all but one of the Irons’ Premier League fixtures this season despite the summer arrival of Emerson Palmieri.
According to FBRef, the four-time England international earns £50,000-a-week.
Whelan suggested the defender could bolster his earnings with a move elsewhere.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “At 33 years old, signing just a year contract can be a worry.
“At the back end of your career, you’re looking for that security of a two or three-year contract.
“There’s an opportunity to bolster the bank balance and get the right amount of game time as you finish playing if he were to go elsewhere.
“It’s a difficult decision for him. He will want that longer contract, but maybe West Ham aren’t willing to give him that.
“He’s been an excellent player, but that length of contract and security he will want could mean they don’t agree.”