West Ham skipper Mark Noble is plotting retirement next year after racking up a property fortune, Football Insider can reveal.
This site exclusively revealed earlier this week that Noble’s future at the club he has spent his entire career is up in the air beyond his current contract.
Reports that the 33-year-old has agreed a fresh two-year deal taking him beyond his 35th birthday are untrue.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Noble may instead retire when his deal comes to an end in the summer of 2021.
He is an extremely wealthy man outside of football through various property deals and wants to finish while still being regarded as a top player.
Noble is not at this point too keen on dragging out his career well into his mid-30s.
As for the West Ham hierarchy, they are holding back on offering the club legend a new deal despite his key role in their relegation survival bid.
He has started 30 of the club’s 37 top-flight matches this season, including five of their eight games since the restart.
Noble has been used in a more attacking role in the last two matches, both of which have yielded convincing wins against Watford and Norwich City.
Pushed forward to accommodate Tomas Soucek alongside Declan Rice in central midfield, the skipper has supplied assists for goals in the last two matches.
In other West Ham news, the club have been offered THREE senior Chelsea stars in exchange for Declan Rice.
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