Danny Mills has warned West Ham United not to offer Michail Antonio a five-year contract as he could become a burden.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England full-back delivered his verdict as contract negotiations stalled over the length of a new deal.
This site revealed earlier this month the Hammers were planning to offer their star forward, 30, a new two-year deal with the option of a third year.
His current contract runs out in the summer but the club have an option to extend it for a further 12 months.
ExWHUEmployee claimed on the West Ham Way podcast that talks have hit an impasse over the length of a new deal with Antonio keen to end his career in East London.
“There’s always a balance to be had in these sort of situations,” Mills told Football Insider.
“I think he’s done exceptionally well, he’s been magnificent for West Ham, and I’m sure they appreciate him.
“I’m sure he wants a long contract and I’m sure West Ham are going to go ‘well, you’re 30 now, when you get to the end of this one, you’ll be 32 so how long can we offer him? How long is it going to be this good for?’
“Yes, they want to reward him for what he’s done but it has to also still work within the structure and the sensible nature of the club.
“There’s no point offering him a five-year contract and after two years, it might start to be a burden. It’s a difficult one.
“The player is doing unbelievably well at the minute and deserves a new deal but it’s about the length of that.”
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