‘Don’t let him leave the building’ – Pundit pleads with West Ham owners after Antonio reveal
West Ham “cannot allow” Michail Antonio to leave the club and must come to an agreement over his contract, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that clubs will be “willing to offer” the 30-year-old his desired contract length next summer.
Antonio’s current contract expires in June of next year but the club can trigger a 12 month extension on that deal.
Football Insider revealed last month that club chiefs plan to offer the versatile forward a new contract following his standout performances since the July re-start.
ExWHUemployee claimed on the West Ham Way podcast, 10 November, that talks had stalled over contract length with Antonio keen to end his career at the London Stadium.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Antonio’s contract situation, Campbell said: “You cannot allow someone like that leave your building.
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“He is West Ham’s main goalscorer. You cannot let anybody else snap him up because it is not easy to find someone else who can do that, someone who is proven.
“West Ham are not blessed with a lot of goals and he has proven that he can be the difference.
“There will definitely be other clubs willing to offer Michail Antonio four more years, 100 per cent. If he became available other teams would snap him up.”