Robinson baffled by reported West Ham unrest after insider update
Paul Robinson is baffled by reports of West Ham players being angered by Kurt Zouma’s wages.
The former Spurs keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said salaries were “very rarely” discussed in the dressing rooms he was part of.
The Sun, as reported by Hammers News, claimed Kurt Zouma’s £125,000-week wage were making waves in the dressing room of the London club.
However, club insider ExWHUEmployee has since revealed Zouma, 26, to actually be on £100,000-week and added that the squad are “happy” with the addition of the Frenchman.
The centre-half joined West Ham last month for a fee of around £31.5million from Chelsea.
Robinson provided some expert insight into wage discussions between players at the top level and insisted players are “generally” in the dark about teammate’s salaries.
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“I’ve never had any experience of that – it’s not something players generally talk about,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“There’s a lot of speculation about player’s wages in the media, and how their contracts are structured.
“I think there’s a lot of talk about gross figures.
“But when you actually look at the way player’s contracts are structured – they will have to make a certain number of appearances, for example, in order to get that quoted wage.
“It’s not just a gross figure, so player’s wages are very rarely spoken about in the dressing room.
“That is unless you have a very close friend who you can trust.
“It’s not something that’s talked about openly.
“You have an idea of the pecking order and wage structure, but actual figures are never discussed.
“You don’t go up to someone in life and ask them what they earn, and you definitely don’t do it in football.”